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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.
Ohio officials outlined plans this week to put Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, at the forefront of offshore wind-power development. Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined industry and education leaders to detail tax-cut and regulatory measures to jump-start wind-power development on Lake Erie. The lake's comparative shallowness is seen as an advantage for erecting towers to produce wind power.
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.
A proposal to build more than 50 wind turbines across eastern Champaign County has received state approval to move ahead, but there is still a lot of work to be done before the turbines begin to produce electricity. The Buckeye Wind Project, proposed by Everpower Wind Holdings Inc., will cross six townships and spread across about 9,000 acres of rural land in Champaign County. When completed, it will be the largest utility-scale wind farms in the state.
With an eye on the future of alternative energy, Planning Commission recommended to council the approval of an ordinance allowing wind turbines in the city. If passed, wind turbines of up to 200 feet would be permitted north of Interstate 90, provided they have setbacks equal to the structure's height.
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.
The whirling turbine blades at a wind farm planned in Champaign County would almost certainly kill endangered Indiana bats. The developer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources all agree on that. They'll spend the next several months figuring out how to reduce the number of bats killed and working out just how many deaths are acceptable.
State regulators have approved construction of the first large wind turbine farms in Ohio, including one by a Cleveland-based wind developer. The Ohio Power Siting Board Monday approved three separate projects in western Ohio after about a year of review and hearings. The three will have a total generating capacity of nearly 500 megawatts.
The 11-member board voted unanimously to approve a proposal for the Buckeye Wind Project, which will be one of the first utility-scale wind projects in the state. The project, developed by Everpower Wind Holdings Inc., will build more than 50 wind turbines in Goshen, Rush, Salem, Union, Urbana and Wayne townships.
Kent Houston, Conneaut Area City Schools' superintendent, said he recently spoke with NexGen Energy, the Colorado company that built the 600 kW generator earlier this year, for a status update. A part has kept the mammoth machine from cranking out power at levels it was designed to reach, Houston said.
A company that may build wind turbines in Hancock County's Cass Township says it would be three to five years before any "good, clean" electricity is produced. Paul Copleman, communications manager with Iberdrola USA, a Spain-based company with offices in the Philadelphia, Pa., area, said Friday the company is in the early stages of evaluating land and measuring wind capacity in the area.
The question of whether or not there will be a number of wind turbines dotting the landscape of Van Wert and Paulding counties may come down to a familiar issue - taxes. According to Dan Litchfield of Iberdrola Renewables, one of a handful of companies vying for local land rights for turbines, the tax rates could end up preventing the construction of Blue Creek Wind Farm. That project was to use approximately 160 turbines, 120 of those in Van Wert County.
The visual study of the proposed wind turbine at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is finished, and the Planning Commission approved the plans Wednesday. The vote was 5 to 2, with members Anthony Crea and Carol Herman dissenting. The county received a $1 million grant to erect the 600-kilowatt turbine, which will generate electricity for the fairgrounds, but still has to receive approval from City Council.