Where you sit impacts where you stand

It’s cliche that the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, location. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Real estate and location are key factors in the current disagreement over wind energy. Northern Ohio has four factors that favor development of wind energy:

• The land is flat.

• Lake Erie is even flatter, and the breezes coming off it are dependably strong and steady.

• The area is criss-crossed by transmission lines and roadways laid out in mile-square grids.

• It’s close to a large urban area, meaning high electrical demand can be met with low transmission loss.

All this applies to Seneca County and, coupled with a change in state law regarding setback requirements for wind turbines, explains why Republic Wind LLC has a case under compliance review before the Ohio Power Siting Board for up to 58 wind turbines with a total generating capacity of up to 200 megawatts on 35,000 acres of leased private land in Adams, Pleasant, Reed, Scipio and Thompson townships in Seneca County and Green Creek and York townships in Sandusky County.

There’s no denying five dozen wind turbines would alter the view — and possibly more — in the northwest corner of the county. Thus, not everyone is in favor of the wind project locating in that area. That’s why Seneca Anti-Wind Union plans to meet at 7 p.m. today at VFW Post 1238 in Bellevue.

Property owners who stand to gain financially from the project, of course, support the development. In between are those who see a need for sustainable energy but wonder whether they can adapt to having the turbines in their back yards. Meanwhile, fracking elsewhere will feed the new natural gas pipelines that cross the county. And new gas-fired generating plants are sprouting up out of view.

We wonder how the neighbors there feel. Location, location, location.

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