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Ohio Ballot Board splits clean energy plan; New law could affect initiative

The Ohio Ballot Board, by a 3-1 party-line vote, determined that the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would change two sections of the state constitution, which would require those behind it to gather at least 306,000 signatures twice. ...The proposed amendment would obligate the state to borrow $1.3 billion a year for 11 years to invest in wind, solar, biomass, and other clean energy projects. Decisions on which projects to fund would be made by the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission, a limited liability company registered in the state of Delaware. That commission would get at least $65 million a year from the bond issues.
11 Nov 2015

Proposed wind farm in county halted

"Wind resource is extremely limited in Ohio; there are not many project sites with the wind resource necessary to support a utility-scale project. The convergence of sufficient wind resources, sufficient transmission capacity and interested landowners willing to lease their land — all are needed for a viable wind energy project," NextEra said in a motion before the Ohio Power Siting Board in 2011.
23 Oct 2015

Commissioners hear update on Black Fork Wind Farm

The Richland County Commissioners met with Bill Behling, business development manager for Capital Power, during their regular meeting on Thursday to discuss the next steps for the wind farm project. Capital Power is the third company to acquire the Black Fork Wind Farm project in the past seven years.
25 Sep 2015

Greenwich wind farm opponents plan to appeal; It seems unlikely construction will happen soon

Randazzo contends the Ohio Power Siting Board made a big mistake by ignoring a state law which says the turbines must obtain the consent of adjacent landowners if the turbines don't meet requirements for minimum setbacks, i.e. the distances between the turbines and property lines. Ledet contends that 62 percent of the wind turbines violate those minimum setback requirements.
13 Sep 2015

FirstEnergy consultant's power price forecast too high, PUCO hearing

The year-to-date average price of natural gas as of the end of August was $2.82.  Power plants that burn natural gas have driven down electricity prices, making it difficult for coal and nuclear plants to compete. Rose said he now expects that electricity prices will remain where they are until 2019. Beyond that, out to 2030, Rose's sophisticated digital price modeling shows steadily increasing electricity prices.
9 Sep 2015

Toledo wind turbines catching no breeze

Four wind turbines atop One Government Center have not worked in nearly three years and may have to be dismantled. ...high winds 250-feet in the air frequently caused mechanical breakdowns. And the poorly designed turbines became too expensive to repair.
6 Jul 2015

Developers: Long-delayed Champaign County wind farm still in the works

But for some Champaign County residents, they hope the delays mean the projects don’t get built. Several residents have opposed the project in public comments to the siting board during the second phase of the project. “I urge you to deny this project,” said Erin Hennigan, of Cable, in a letter to the board. “It has torn our county apart … What money that will be brought into the county will be offset by the number of people that will leave.”
5 May 2015

New rules cloud future for large-scale wind farms in Ohio

It will be difficult for developers of large-scale wind farms ...to overcome the law passed last year that requires wind turbine blades to be at least a quarter-mile from the nearest property line. "They are in a pretty bad hurt," said Dayna Baird Payne, a lobbyist in Columbus who represents the American Wind Energy Association.
14 Feb 2015

Board needs time to reconsider wind farm

“The more people know about these turbines, the less they like them,”  Ledet said.  “We need to be persistent in helping other people understand why this wind farm can’t sensibly be crammed into the area the wind farm has targeted for development."
24 Oct 2014

Paulding County wind farms delayed by lack of financing

“Although market forces have hindered the project’s development, the electric generation market has experienced other changes recently (several coal plants are expected to retire in the near term), and generation capacity is anticipated to be needed for Ohio and the region,” an attorney for the company told regulators.
16 Sep 2014

Black Fork wind farm seeks construction extension

The company cites market forces as another reason for the delay; local shale gas production has made electricity prices cheaper, and federal environmental rules in effect next year will take tens of thousands of fossil-fueled megawatts off of the nation’s electric grid.
16 Sep 2014

Greenwich Wind Farm costing taxpayers more than its worth

How long before the American taxpayer gives wind farms and their supporting politicians the boot? As long as we give the handouts, there is no reason for the wind industry to become a responsible, viable, economical business. The only “green” in wind farm is the green in the pocket of wind farm investors.
15 Sep 2014

State board to review Buckeye wind farm certificate today

Everpower Renewables, the company in charge of the project, has sought an extension of the certificate citing several ongoing legal fights over various aspects of the project. However, opponents have argued the company has already had a chance to request an extension and because there are two phases of the project that should be treated separately.
26 Aug 2014

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