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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.
Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, 220 E. Bayfront Parkway, is providing its 200-foot-long, 1,300-ton crane barge as part of the project, officials announced Wednesday.
"So our vision is over the next 10, 15, 20 years, you see more and more and more wind turbines built in Lake Erie, providing all the electricity up and down the coast and providing a lot of jobs for people to live here," Karpinski added.
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.
Ohio’s clean-energy benchmarks are more likely to be reduced than repealed, according to the leaders of a special legislative panel that has been studying the topic. The Energy Mandates Study Committee held its final meeting on Monday, and its members have until Sept. 30 to deliver recommendations to Ohio House and Senate leaders.
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.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
Neighbors get some relief after complaining about noise emitted from a nearby wind turbine.
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.”
A U.S. District Court judge ruled a federal agency was within its rights when it issued a take permit to a proposed Champaign County wind farm that critics said could harm an endangered bat.
The 15-page opinion credits the finding by FWS "that the minimization and mitigation measures 'fully offset' the impact of the taking of Indiana bats, and thus, it was not necessary to determine if the plan was the 'maximum that can be practically implemented.'"
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.
A research group says a new law freezing the state’s green-energy standards has led to significant declines in the wind and solar industry in Ohio. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says the study is getting some blow back from a key backer of that law.
Ohio’s two-year timeout on its mandate that utilities get more of their power from renewable and advanced technology sources has dampened investment in what were once booming solar and wind industries in the state, according to a study released Tuesday.
"Over 850 Ohio residents who are threatened with the prospect of industrial wind development in their communities sent a letter to Governor Kasich outlining the repeated and continuing failures of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to protect them from loss of their property rights and respect adjacent property owners right to protect and enjoy their property," Ledet said.
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.