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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
A plan to scrap Ohio’s renewable energy standards could impact a Columbus utility’s plan to develop large wind and solar projects. A provision allows customers who shop for their power to not pay the utility costs it passes on from providing new power generation, including from renewables. While American Electric Power Company Inc. handles power distribution and bills for every Central Ohio power user, 35 percent of its customers – more than 511,000 people – shop on the open market . . .
Everpower Wind Holdings, the developer of a controversial wind farm in Champaign County, could be sold soon but its leaders say a sale won’t affect the Buckeye Wind Farm or other projects in Ohio. Terra Firma, a private equity firm based in the United Kingdom, has begun the sale process for its wind energy business in the U.S. That includes Everpower Wind Holdings, a subsidiary of Terra Firma that owns and operates seven wind farms in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York . . .
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Republican majority in the Ohio House is moving again to get rid of the state’s renewable energy rules. In a bill sponsored by a Cincinnati Republican and released late Tuesday, the House would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and sell a percentage of power from wind, solar and other renewable technologies. The 73-page bill, as sponsored by State Rep. Louis B. Blessing would: Allow any customer who has signed . . .
In the final days of 2016, Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed legislation that would have delayed the state’s renewable energy mandates from going into effect for two years. Instead, they are set to resume this year. Now state Rep. Bill Seitz is pushing to get rid of these costly regulations altogether. Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards require utility companies to derive an increasing share of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar. By 2025, 12.5 percent of utility power . . .
CONNEAUT – Administrators in Conneaut are assessing damage to the city’s wastewater treatment plant caused by lightning that struck a wind turbine adjacent to the plant early Saturday morning. The turbine, which supplements electricity used by the sewage plant, lost a blade when lightning hit about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. A power surge penetrated the plant and might have affected some equipment in the building, City Manager James Hockaday said Monday. “We’re still waiting for a summary,” he said. “There is no . . .
Friday night’s storms caused damage to one of the wind turbines on Conneaut’s waterfront. These pics were taken by Polly Finlaw Saurwein. It appears that one of the blades of the wind turbine have been blown off either by a lightning strike or high winds. The turbine is on the wastewater treatment property at the foot of Broad Street. According to a 2009 press release, the turbine is owned by NexGen Energy Partners and was expected to provide about 60% . . .
CONNEAUT – Lightning apparently does strike twice as the Conneaut harbor wind turbine was hit early Saturday morning causing one of the blades to fall off, said Conneaut firefighter Chad Carter. The turbine was damaged by lightning previously. He said the call came in around 1:15 a.m. and firefighters stayed on the scene until the motor was turned off by city officials from the wastewater treatment plant which is close. Carter said cones were placed in the area to make sure . . .
The process of selling the company behind the proposed Buckeye Wind turbine project is reportedly underway. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that United Kingdom-based Terra Firma Capital Partners has launched a sale process for its US wind energy business, according to a person familiar with the matter. Terra Firma reportedly hired Barclays and KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., a US-based investment bank with a focus on the renewable energy sector, to run the process for EverPower Wind Holdings Inc. The . . .
MANSFIELD – Construction on the Black Fork Wind Farm project has again been delayed, likely not starting in full until 2018. The project, planned for parts of northern Richland and Crawford counties west of Shelby, is still in the design stage, according to Bill Behling, business development manager for Capital Power Corporation. Behling recently told the county commissioners that the company is completing environmental impact studies on wildlife and a redesign of the underground collection system to meet changing technology. . . .
CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s been just six weeks since Gov. John Kasich vetoed a GOP bill that would have delayed for another two years mandates requiring power companies to sell an increasing percentage of renewable energy and help customers use less power. Rep. Louis Blessing, III, R-Cincinnati, began circulating a memo to House members Monday seeking co-sponsors for new legislation reducing state green energy and energy efficiency requirements on power companies. Kasich’s Dec. 27 veto of House Bill 554 meant a return to . . .