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Wind Power News: Ohio


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

April 9, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Local control, business-energy efforts at odds with proposed Ohio legislation

The decision over whether to build solar and wind turbine farms in Ohio could soon fall to local voters. Two separate bills – one in the House and one in the Senate – would allow local townships to decide for themselves whether approved renewable energy projects will actually be built. Under current law, solar farms or wind turbines can be built by developers once their project is approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board. According to the new bills, the . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Darke Co. residents express solar farm concerns – DCCPA cites no local control, zoning issues

DARKE COUNTY – A number of Darke County residents have recently expressed their disapproval of The Painter Creek Solar Project, proposed by Apex Clean Energy, Inc. (Apex), that is set to begin commercial operation in 2024. As it stand now, the pre-application for the project has yet to be submitted to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for approval. The anticipated project footprint in Darke County is about 2,000 acres, and will produce a total capacity of approximately 165 megawatts (MW). . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

A fallen giant: Wind turbine comes down following Friday fire

Jamie Hall, Ada village administrator, provided the Icon with several photos of the Ohio Northern University wind turbine that caught on fire early Friday morning. His photos are posted here. Watch the Icon for additional details of the fire this week. Here’s what we know about the fire today: Ada-Liberty Township Fire Department was called to a wind turb fire reported at 4:31 a.m., Friday morning (March 26), according to the Ada police report. The turbine at Klingler Road and . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

ONU wind turbine blaze

Ada-Liberty Township Fire Department was called to a wind turb fire reported at 4:31 a.m., Friday morning (March 26), according to the Ada police report. The turbine at Klingler Road and County Road 50 is one of three on the Ohio Northern University campus. According to Northern Review @NorthernOnLine, Klingler Road and part of the “Green Monster” were temporarily blocked off as crews attempted to put out the blaze. The two photos are by Doug DeNoi of the Northern Review. . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine destroyed by fire in Ada

A wind turbine at Ohio Northern University in Ada was destroyed by fire early this morning. According to Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley, firefighters were dispatched around 4:30 this morning to the Klinger Road at County Road 50. The three turbines at that location are on the Ohio Northern University campus. Chief Epley said the number 3 turbine was the one that caught fire. He said his department has been instructed to not approach the turbines in the event of . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut turbine case reaches potential settlement

CONNEAUT – A decade-long legal battle may be over, as lawyers in the case are hammering out details of a settlement. The legal fight between NexGen Energy Partners and Elecon Engineering started just over a decade ago, with a complaint filed in the Ashtabula County Municipal Court on March 21, 2011. The lawsuit centered around a wind turbine erected at Conneaut Middle School. A trial took place in January of 2020, but was called off soon after it started due to . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Citizens discuss concerns with wind turbines

NORWALK – Citizens attended the Huron County Commissioners meeting Thursday morning to discuss Apex Clean Energy. Apex is developing Emerson Creek Wind, a potential wind turbine facility, that will be located on open farmland in Erie and Huron counties. The project is currently moving through the permitting process with the Ohio Power Sitting Board. On Thursday, the commissioners approved an exemption of property taxes for the Emerson Creek Wind facility in Huron County. Instead, an annual service payment will be required. . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2021 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Property values will be impacted by wind farm

The Feb. 13 article about the Honey Creek Wind Farm touches on the topic of property values. As a semi-retired law librarian, I researched that issue for my statement at the public hearing last Aug. 20 for the Emerson Creek Wind Farm. I also filed supplementary material for that hearing. Big Wind tends to rely on the “Berkeley” study referenced in the article. That study is used to say that the presence of turbines has a minimal effect on property . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Riedel helps introduce bill concerning property rights on wind, solar farms

COLUMBUS – Ohio 82nd District State Rep. Craig Riedel of Defiance and Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, recently introduced a bill concerning property rights of township residents by allowing a public referendum for wind and solar projects. “As a state legislator in northwest Ohio, I represent the counties with the most wind development in the state,” stated Riedel. “The beauty of this bill is that it gives local control to township residents for them to decide whether wind or solar development is welcome . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2021 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Control of wind projects differs across states

Starwood Energy Group is trying to construct a wind turbine project (Grover Hill Wind) of about 37 turbines in two townships in and around the community. The project is in the “pre-application” phase, according to the Ohio Power Siting Board. This company has actually started constructing access roads and installing turbine bases. How can construction begin on a project that has not been issued the proper certificate? The siting board has been notified and will be scheduling a visit. Ironically, . . . Complete story »

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