If you’re unclear where wind turbines are planned, it most likely means no one has contacted you and asked you to sign a lease. Unless you have attended a township meeting or gone out of your way to obtain one of these maps (shown above), you probably think they’re planned for somewhere near Interstate 90. That’s true, but it extends for quite a distance. There has been no particular effort to inform the public beyond making copies available at the township office, it has been up to you to track down this information, so we thought it would be a good idea to show you the current area that will be zoned “WE” or Wind Energy.
It’s important to note, there is no guarantee this will be the only wind turbine area, it could expand from the current boundaries, all the way down to the shores of Lake Erie. The wind is actually better as you get closer to the lake. If these turbines are allowed to be built, you can be sure more developers will be looking at all of the remaining land within the township. Other residents looking to cash in, will begin asking, “If they can do it, why can’t I?” For township supervisors, it will be hard to say no.
Developers are already very active and leases are being signed in areas beyond North East township, especially, Greenfield township directly to the south. The turbine developers are trying to build a huge wind turbine complex in eastern Erie County and will be working to extend it westward into Harborcreek and beyond. This isn’t a one time project in one area by one developer, this is a big push to put them throughout the county. Current tax incentives for “green energy” are creating a land rush with developers trying to lease as much land as possible before the money runs out.
Township residents deserve better. These turbines should be stopped. Whatever imagined benefits some people believe may exist, there are better ways to accomplish the same thing, ways that will benefit everyone in the township, not just a select few.
Follow this website to learn more and call or email your township supervisors and make your opinions known. (Contact information is on the right) It’s our community, it’s up to us.