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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

Buckeye Wind Farm case appealed to state Supreme Court

But members of Union Neighbors United, a group that has fought the project for several years, are appealing that decision to the Ohio Supreme Court. Court documents filed last month show UNU is arguing the OPSB and project developers did not follow the proper procedures when seeking an extension. They also argue Everpower failed to prove the extension was necessary. Officials from Buckeye had argued an extension was needed, in part because ongoing litigation delayed the project.
1 Nov 2015

Ohio moves closer to no more windmills

A two-year suspension of the government wind energy mandates that were imposed on Ohio utilities will become permanent if the September recommendation of a bicameral legislative panel there is followed. The primary reason cited for the decision was uncertainty over President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
29 Oct 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

Panel seeks to extend freeze on Ohio green energy targets

Government requirements for the use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy by Ohio power companies would be suspended indefinitely under recommendations released Wednesday by a legislative panel. The Energy Mandates Study Committee's report cites legal uncertainty and a need for "greater clarity" surrounding proposed federal clean power rules among reasons for the recommendation. 
1 Oct 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

US Wildlife looking at impact of accidental kills by wind farms

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.
20 Jun 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

Concern for bats won't block Ohio wind farm

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.'"
20 Mar 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

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