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"I don't hear anything coming from state officials to address concerns of people who live next to these things," he said. "Ohio is a strong property rights state, and you can't infringe on property rights without due process."
Association analyst John Leutz said local school officials also should be concerned because tax issues are unclear.
With land leases secured for nine wind turbines in North Perry Village, the next step is the approval of a zoning permit application.
NexGen Energy Partners, a Boulder, Colo.-based company, confirmed that it has secured about 149 acres north of Route 20 to build the turbines.
A Cleveland nonprofit development group racing to erect the first offshore wind turbine in the Great Lakes has reached an agreement with General Electric Co. to supply five turbines for a $100 million demonstration project in Lake Erie. ...Financing has to be worked out, but state and federal tax credits and possibly loans or grants would be needed.
The Ashtabula County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) and support the Cuyahoga County Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force.
The action came following two meetings with LEEDCo officials earlier this spring, at which time officials of the not-for-profit group pitched their vision of building both an offshore wind-energy farm and affiliated support and manufacturing industry in the region.
Most discussions of Ohio's energy future will come to the uncomfortable moment when somebody mentions "clean coal."
For some people, the term is laughable. To others, it is an essential part of what lies ahead.
Is "clean coal" a form of advanced energy? Under Ohio law, the answer is yes.
The Ashtabula County Port Authority and Board of Commissioners are having a difficult time deciding which suitor would make the best partner in the offshore wind-energy marriage.
Port Authority member Dennis Eckart compared the county’s dilemma to eloping at the age of 16 with the first suitor who comes along or waiting until you’re 40, when the picking is going to be slim and your appeal diminished.
Although they were silent on the prohibitions against building turbines deemed as aviation hazards to Grimes Field pilots, attorneys for Buckeye Wind filed an appeal Wednesday arguing that nine turbines near the privately-owned Weller Airport should be approved for construction by the Ohio Power Siting Board.
The company's motion for a re-hearing on the OPSB decision also raised the issue of construction and decommissioning.
Attorneys for Champaign County, as well as Buckeye Wind LLC., filed arguments Wednesday, April 21, asking the Ohio Power Siting Board to grant a request for a second hearing concerning the project which would build more than 50 turbines in the county.
Earlier this year, the OPSB approved the Buckeye Wind Project, proposed by Everpower Wind Holdings, that would build 53 turbines throughout the county. However, three of the entities involved filed a request for a second hearing from the board.
Cuyahoga County could lose $1 million in federal stimulus money because Middleburg Heights last month rejected plans for a 280-foot wind turbine at the county fairgrounds.
Officials now propose moving the $2 million project, including a green energy education center and refurbished turbine from Germany to the Berea side of the fair property.
Attorneys representing Union Neighbors United filed an application this week requesting that the Ohio Power Siting Board grant a second hearing for a proposed project that will build 53 turbines throughout Champaign County. ...However, in the request for a second hearing, attorneys representing UNU argued that evidentiary hearings held earlier in the case were unfair.
Ohio lags other states in generating power from the wind partly because of high taxes, an industry group said yesterday. Even so, the state is in the top 10 in the number of workers making wind-energy components. ...Skeptics such as Matt Mayer of the conservative Buckeye Institute don't think the wind industry can survive without government aid, in Ohio or anywhere else. "The fact is that it's still grossly inefficient compared to gas and coal," he said.
Proponents of wind turbines tout their ability to cleanly generate power, transmit it to the grid and do so without the pollution of coal plants and potential dangers of nuclear sites.
But opponents of the giant propellers worry about the noise they create along with threats to birds, disruption to lakebeds in construction, and the possible difficulties in actually getting the power to transmission lines.
It's been nearly a year since Lake County commissioners entered into a two-year agreement with a wind energy company interested in potentially developing a wind farm on property at the Lake County Landfill in Painesville Township.
Since that time, Lake County Winds LLC, a subsidiary of BQ Energy, merged with Apex Wind Energy Inc.
The nonprofit corporation hopes to select a wind development company to oversee the $100 million project by late May, President Richard Stuebi said.
That selection of a developer would enable work to begin on the engineering and financing - with the intent to have the wind turbines operating in Lake Erie and producing by late 2012, he said.
The Ohio Power Siting Board decided last week to approve a proposal from Buckeye Wind to build about 50 turbines throughout Champaign County.
While the decision is allowing the company to press ahead with the plan, opponents and other parties with an interest in the case are still sifting through the decision to see what it means for them.
Champaign County commissioners and township trustees have not yet decided the next step to address a decision made by the Ohio Power Siting Board this week to allow construction of 52 wind turbines in the eastern part of the county.
The Buckeye Wind Project, developed by Everpower Wind Holdings Inc., will be one of the first utility-scale wind projects in the state.
If he had to, Councilman-at-large Ray Guttmann was prepared to be the lone knight, tilting at wind turbines.
As it turned out, he wasn't alone. The majority of City Council was on his side.
On Tuesday, council voted 5 - 1 against allowing the 280-foot turbine that the Cuyahoga County fair board hoped to erect near its main parking lot off Bagley and Eastman roads.
On Monday afternoon, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approved two agreements that will forever change the landscape of Hardin County by allowing two wind energy developers to construct up to 227 wind turbines in the county. A total of 348 megawatts of power may be generated from the turbine construction, which will is projected to begin later this year.
Champaign County Residents reacted Tuesday to the approval of wind turbine construction in their community.
Roger Yocom said it's a good day for he and his fellow farmers looking for wind power to supplement their incomes. ...Other residents were disappointed by the decision. Rick Radenmacher is a pilot.
The state's decision on the proposed Buckeye Wind farm, which is planned to include 70 utility-scale wind turbines that could stand nearly 500 feet tall from base to upright blade tip, is slated for consideration at the Ohio Power Siting Board's March meeting this afternoon.