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Neighbor group, EverPower compromise on number of turbines, distance from water.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
If the project goes ahead, it could become the second wind farm in Huron County. The Power Siting Board recently reaffirmed its decision allowing the Greenwich Windpark project in southern Huron County to go forward. That project calls for 25 wind turbines. A group fighting the project is mulling an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.
The North Carolina project is being built by Iberdrola Renewables and will have 104 turbines and a capacity of 208 megawatts. It will provide renewable energy credits to Amazon that will offset the electricity used by data centers in Ohio and Virginia.
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.
A new bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives seeks to change wind turbine setback regulations, which would enable wind energy companies to work within Ohio counties to license new wind farms.
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.”
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.
As members of the Greenwich community learn more about the proposed wind turbine park, they are voicing their concerns about its potential impact on this peaceful and tranquil community. The case is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), docket #13-990-EL-BGN.
Once the darling of the U.S. wind energy industry and a success story that made it a presidential photo op, Bedford Heights-based Cardinal Fastener is now set to close. ...However, Cardinal survived neither its own rapid growth nor the recession intact, and in 2011 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and was sold to Wurth.
The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved plans for another 764 commercial wind turbines, but state rule changes and federal tax policy have most of them in limbo now.
“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."
“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.
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.
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.
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.