Wind Power News: Ohio
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Overly restrictive rules on wind-turbine placement have put billions of dollars of investment on hold, say government leaders from northwestern Ohio, who want to see the rules changed. The local-government officials teamed up with a wind-energy trade group today to call for the Ohio General Assembly to undo the restrictions that were put in place three years ago. “We are here today to encourage economic growth in Ohio, and not discourage it,” said Susan Munroe, president and CEO of the . . .
A compromise might be coming in the long-running legal fight over a proposed wind farm in Champaign County. Documents filed with the Ohio Supreme Court show attorneys representing the Buckeye Wind Farm and members of Union Members United, a group opposed to the wind farm, have asked the justices to delay proceeding and give them time to negotiate a settlement. Jack Van Kley, a Columbus attorney representing UNU, said progress has been made but he declined to go into further . . .
ONTARIO – Ontario Local Schools is telling the company that owns the wind turbine at Stingel Elementary to fix the turbine or lose the schools’ business and remove the equipment. The turbine has sat idle since November 2016, when its transformer stopped working. Superintendent Lisa Carmichael said district residents regularly inquire about the turbine. They often suggest that when the turbine isn’t running, the district isn’t saving money. But treasurer Randy Harvey said the opposite is true – the 6 to . . .
The city of Conneaut’s two (currently non-functional) wind turbines were meant to be a public relations move, a symbol that showed the city was embracing the future and alternative energy. But with one turbine next to Conneaut Middle School that has never worked, and now the second on the lakefront damaged, the question becomes whether these turbines have become symbols of failure and if the city should walk away from them. The 400-kilowatt lakefront turbine built in 2010 was hit . . .
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Birding groups and environmentalists are heralding the state’s decision this week to reject a request to certify construction of a wind turbine project planned for Lake Erie in 2018. Officials at the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., however, said they considered the rejection a “bump in the road” to certification, and they plan to file updated documents in a few weeks that they expect will be approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board. The certification is required . . .
Three months after Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) blocked a bill to make clean energy standards optional, the state House passed a similar measure with hopes of pulling enough support to override a second veto. The House voted 65-29 to pass H.B. 114. The vote followed an hour and a half of floor debate that ended with state Rep. Bill Seitz (R) railing against clean energy standards as unnecessary mandates. “The trend toward clean energy is here,” Seitz said. “We . . .
CONNEAUT – A wind turbine severely damaged by lightning late last month is facing an uncertain future on Conneaut’s lakefront. At Monday’s City Council meeting, City Manager James Hockaday said the turbine’s owner, NexGen Energy, wants a long-term renewal of its contract with the city before it will proceed with repairs. The 400-kilowatt turbine was constructed in January 2010 to provide some of the electricity used by the city’s sewage treatment plant. On Feb. 25, lightning blew apart one of the . . .
Camp Perry turbine would set dangerous precedent for the Great Lakes region. Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), have filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) over its plans to build and operate a wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility. Located in Port Clinton, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, Camp Perry lies in a major bird migration corridor, close to numerous Bald Eagle nests, and . . .
WASHINGTON, D.C. – State and national birding groups sued the Ohio Air National Guard on Monday, asking a federal court to block construction of a large wind turbine at Camp Perry near Lake Erie. The Black Swamp Bird Observatory, based in Oak Harbor in Ottawa County, suspects the proposed wind turbine would violate the Endangered Species Act, posing as a lethal bird-killing machine for bald eagles and migrating songbirds and bats. BSBO joined with the American Bird Conservancy to file . . .
Two bird advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration and Ohio Air National Guard, claiming a single wind turbine the Air Force wants to build along the shores of Lake Erie could prove disastrous to sensitive migratory bird species. The lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, targets a planned wind turbine at the Camp Perry facility in northern Ohio. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Oak Harbor, Ohio-based . . .