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Ohio wind setback lawsuit spurred bill to block similar legal challenges

Emails show the legislation originated from correspondence between two of Ohio’s most prominent wind energy critics.

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.

COLUMBUS — “The bill’s primary sponsor, freshman Rep. Brett Hillyer, R-New Philadelphia, denied a connection between his legislation and the wind setback lawsuit, but emails indicate the bill stemmed from correspondence between two of Ohio’s most prominent wind energy critics a day after the lawsuit was filed.

At that time, former lobbyist Sam Randazzo emailed Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, a news article about the case. Randazzo has represented wind energy opponents in lawsuits and now chairs the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Power Siting Board. He declined through a commission press officer to comment for this article.

‘[O]ver a decade ago I introduced a bill to create a six month statute of limitations for any single subject challenge,’ Seitz said in his reply email. ‘Sadly it did not pass but we should do it again.’

The emails were provided to the Energy News Network by the Energy and Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization that describes itself as a pro-clean energy watchdog exposing misinformation from utility and fossil fuel interests. ”

— Kathianne M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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