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No reason to fear wind farm

February 16, 2014

Scioto Ridge Wind Farm promises to be an economic and environmental boost for Hardin and Logan counties as it starts producing clean, renewable wind energy. Concerns addressed in recent letters to the editor left out some important information:


Safety for local residents is our number one priority. We have been very conservative with siting guidelines and move forward with the utmost attention to safety concerns. We follow industry best practices to establish setbacks and those setbacks have been thoroughly reviewed by the staff at the Ohio Power Siting Board.


In addition to creating 8 to14 full-time, permanent positions and 150 full and part-time positions during construction for families in Hardin and Logan counties, the project will generate an estimated $67 million in tax revenue through the PILOT program for local governments and school districts throughout the life of the project.


As developers of clean, renewable energy, we hold high regard for protecting the environment. We worked in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Ohio Power Siting Board to ensure we minimize any possible impacts of the project. The EverPower team worked with industry leading consultants to provide an exhaustive set of studies, which have been analyzed and are open for public comment through the OPSB process. The current design of the project is a result of this lengthy and thorough process.


EverPower has demonstrated strong partnerships with communities where our six existing wind farms operate. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the local economy and community throughout the Scioto Ridge project.


— Jason Dagger, Project Developer, EverPower