The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) cried foul recently when Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) publicly disseminated certain confidential details about leases as part of his ongoing effort to scale back the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, according to the Gongwer Ohio Report (See our Feb 6, 2014, blog post for more information). Citing concerns that "landowners with wind farms on their property are afraid to testify on legislation in his committee because of confidentiality clauses in their leases," the senator then asked wind developers "to provide written assurance that they would not take action against leaseholders who publicly testify." Iberdrola Renewables, EDP Renewables, juwi Wind, Element Power, Invenergy and EverPower each responded with separate letters informing Sen. Seitz, who chairs the Public Utilities Committee, that certain clauses in the leases "were not intended to prevent property owners from speaking publicly about energy policy." Instead, they said, the clauses were designed "to protect sensitive information about the economics and operations of the company's projects," which the senator did not remove when he disseminated a letter featuring copies of actual leases, the article said.