T-R PHOTO BY RUBY F BODEKER — Drew Christensen (center), public engagement manager with Apex Clean Energy, engages with the public during a wind energy moratorium discussion item that was part of the Tama County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday in Toledo.
TOLEDO — What had been shaping up to be a routine discussion item for the Tama County Board of Supervisors every week – the continuing request by a local coalition for a moratorium on wind energy projects – was anything but this past Monday in Toledo when a representative from the company behind the latest proposal popped up in the audience.
In response to a question posed to the supervisors by a member of the public in regards to who owns one of the energy companies – Apex Clean Energy – currently developing an industrial wind energy project in the county, the company’s public engagement manager Drew Christensen made his presence known.
Sitting a couple rows back from the leaders of the coalition Tama County Against Turbines, Christensen began by answering the question at hand.
“To be clear, China does not own Apex,” Christensen said. “[Apex is] a privately-held company … Ares [Management Corporation] is the largest part of that private group that owns Apex.”
In November 2021, Apex announced that Ares Management Corporation and other funds managed by Ares had acquired a ma …