wind energy

Hog Creek Wind Farm
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the abrupt resignation of the senator who was backing it.

A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a turbine must be from a property line.

Sen. Matt Dolan is the new leading voice on the issue. He says the current setbacks handcuff the wind industry.

Iberdrola Renewable

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.

Oklahoma wind farm
Invenergy Website

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.

Leedco wind farm
WKSU

Lakewood City Council is supporting the proposed Icebreaker wind farm in Lake Erie, which would be about 7  miles offshore from Lakewood.

Council passed a resolution that cites Ohio’s over-dependence on fossil fuels and a potential economic boost for the city.

Wind Farm in Western Ohio
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The energy company that went to court to keep data on its western Ohio wind farm from being released by the state, maintains that it tried to accommodate researchers seeking the information.

Paul Copleman is a spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, owners of Blue Creek wind farm. 

Company maintains that it did what it could

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