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Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases

The Blue Creek Township wind farm. Photo by Tom Hart / Creative Commons

CLEVELAND — “A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties.

The Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy (CAARE) has been added to the service list in ten wind energy matters at the Ohio Power Siting Board. As a result, its lawyers would formally receive copies of all filings.

The group formally sought to become a party in only one of those cases, involving the Paulding Wind Farm. An administrative law judge denied that request because the group’s interest was “nothing more than objections to wind farms generally.” In two other cases, the same lawyers for CAARE later went on to represent individuals opposed to the projects.

Counsel for CAARE would not discuss any of the cases.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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