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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 16, 2018 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t fall for Amazon’s testimony on turbines

Amazon recently testified, in front of the Ohio legislature, that it supports a bill that would significantly shorten the distance between an industrial wind turbine and your home. Residents in Van Wert suffer consequences at much larger distances. Turbines are exploding in size, now eclipsing almost 700 feet with blades that spin in excess of 90 mph at the tips. This bill and Amazon, specifically, called for these changes in the “Ohio Wind Corridor.” What is that? It was a . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Developers of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County have challenged the ability of a group of local residents to intervene in its legal case, arguing they live outside the project’s footprint and wouldn’t be affected by the wind turbines. The wind farm, which initially included plans to build about 100 turbines across six townships, has been tangled in legal disputes that have lasted about a decade. Everpower Wind Holdings, the project’s developer, finally reached an agreement last year with . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms and local control

PUTNAM COUNTY – Last Thursday, Feb. 1, State Senator Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) of Ohio’s 1st District, which includes Putnam County, stopped by the commissioner’s office for an impromptu visit. McColley had some time available between meetings and knew that the county’s commissioners would be in session. As the visit was unscheduled, the commissioners were free to bring up any subject they felt would be of importance to their constituents, the county’s residents. Most of the discussion centered on proposed changes to . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy growth in Ohio slowed in past year

Wind turbines continue to sprout across the United States and Ohio, but the pace slowed in 2017, and industry advocates continue to have grave concerns about Ohio rules that limit where turbines can be placed. The industry completed projects this past year that add up to 7,017 megawatts, which is down 14 percent from the prior year, according to the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group. In Ohio, the 2017 total was 72 megawatts, down 30 percent. That includes . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

A Northeast Ohio Republican is pushing for a return to shorter setbacks for wind farms in Ohio, arguing the rules created in 2014 have strangled investment in the industry. The issue of how far turbines should be built from nearby businesses and residential properties has long been a contentious issue in Champaign County, where developers have sought to build a wind farm in two phases. The project’s developers have argued residents are adequately protected. But opponents have said turbines should . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Debate over Ohio conservatives’ views of renewable energy swirls in wake of poll

Some prominent Ohio Republicans are sparring over renewable-energy policy, with each side claiming to represent conservative Ohioans. This started on Jan. 10 when the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, an advocacy group, published poll results showing that a majority of self-identified Ohio conservatives are in favor of policies that support wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. Two days later, House Majority Leader Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, sent a mass email criticizing the poll. He is a leading critic of renewable-energy mandates . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Changes in the wind: Amended turbine project draws several intervenors

Champaign County commissioners, several local townships, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and a new citizens group have filed notices to intervene in the amended Buckeye Wind/Champaign Wind project, according to case filings listed on the Ohio Power Siting Board’s website. The deadline for petitions to intervene was Monday, Jan. 22. Named Champaign County Townships United, the new intervening citizens group formed shortly after learning that a previously-intervening group known as Union Neighbors United (UNU) had reached an agreement with EverPower . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Champaign County wind farm now wants 50 turbines, half of initial plan

A proposed wind farm in Champaign County now wants to build 50 turbines – about half of its original plan – and now has a potential new owner and a new group of residents in opposition. Jason Dagger, a spokesman from Everpower, confirmed negotiations are ongoing to sell the Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County to innogy, a German energy company. “With this acquisition, innogy will become the sole owner of more than two gigawatts of onshore wind projects in various development . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Court reverses PUCO ruling ordering FirstEnergy to refund $43M to customers

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a state regulatory agency can’t order an Akron utility to refund $43 million to its customers. The court ruled in a years-running case after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had ordered the refund to customers of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), which includes Ohio Edison Co., Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. and Toledo Edison Co., after the PUCO found the utility had overcharged customers. “FirstEnergy agrees with the court’s reversal of the commission’s order that . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Cleveland’s Icebreaker wind project will be a costly boondoggle

Would you pay $14 for a gallon for gasoline? Would you pay $8 for a dozen eggs? Would you pay $12 for a cup of coffee? Of course you wouldn’t. At least not when you can easily competitively source the identical product elsewhere for a small fraction of the price. However, Cleveland Public Power is on the verge of paying a similarly obscene premium for electricity through the $126 million LEEDCo Icebreaker wind farm project. My company, Brakey Energy, provides . . . Complete story »

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