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The wind-energy industry says Ohio has essentially placed a moratorium on new wind farm projects because of trestrictions on where turbines can be placed. But some lawmakers maintain those tougher parameters protect the rights of landowners.

So-called wind setbacks decide how far a turbine must be placed from a property owner who wants nothing to do with a project.

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Ohio-based American Electric Power, is applying for regulatory approval to build the transmission infrastructure for the “Wind Catcher.”  That’s the massive wind farm project under construction in Oklahoma that will be the second largest in the world.

AEP was once a leading coal-fired power plant operator. Now, it‘s gearing up for a building program for renewable energy distribution that includes the Oklahoma project -- and much more.

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A research project at Case Western Reserve University and one at an Akron company --  Echogen – have been awarded a total of $2.4 million from the  Department of Energy for solar research projects. And though solar has lagged in Ohio, three big solar farms are in the works.

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DOVETAIL WIND AND SOLAR

Some Ohio businesses are dismayed by President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the global agreement to fight climate change. Green energy companies say the decision has tangible consequences that hurt their bottom line.

Renewable energy companies say there’s a great deal of education and consulting to do before a company or homeowner installs green-energy equipment. Al Frasz, owner of Dovetail Wind and Solar says that’s a crucial step that’s threatened every time President Trump downplays the urgency of climate change.

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IBERDROLA RENEWABLES

The House passed a bill that would stop the government from enforcing the increased use of green energy for three years.

Supporters say the bill still requires energy companies to increase the use of alternative resources. It just doesn’t mandate yearly increases.  

But opponents say this plan keeps kicking the can down the road on policies that they say helped progress the state’s green energy industry.

That includes Republican Representative Mike Duffey of Worthington.

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