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A lawsuit filed this week over Ohio’s wind turbine setbacks centers on whether landowners, developers and others had a chance to be heard before the stricter terms were adopted as part of an eleventh-hour budget bill amendment in 2014.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio.
A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a turbine must be from a property line.
GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio — Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company ready to invest $92 million vows to walk away unless the Ohio General Assembly comes up with rules much softer than those Gov. John Kasich signed into law in 2014.
No new wind farm applications have been filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board since. Mr. Hite said some projects already approved before the stricter rules took effect would like to take advantage of new technology developed in recent years, but they fear that changing the projects’ designs now would open them to the tighter restrictions.
Why should the setback be shorter than turbine manufacturers’ recommended safety setback of 1,300 feet? They recommend their own technicians not be within 1,300 feet of an operating turbine, but it’s all right for Ohio’s rural residents to be well within that when it is measured to our homes.
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Where the wind developer can use these unleased properties for nuisance noise and safety easements free of charge, they have no reason to approach the neighboring residents to negotiate a fair price for their loss of amenity. Trespass zoning has deprived wind plant neighbors of all economic bargaining power. Trespass zoning has donated their private property to the neighboring landowner’s wind developer tenant.
Northwestern Ohio officials are lining up behind a legislative proposal to allow more local control of where wind farms can be built, a plan that would help to get around restrictions passed last year.
Today Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law a requirement that setbacks be measured from property lines, not nearby residences. If a wind developer wants to locate turbines closer than the new setback allows, the developer must negotiate easements and compensate rural landowners for the intrusion of wind turbine project impacts.
Stout sympathized with the room filled with residents — many from eastern Howard County — and offered some hope that council members will look at what options they have to change the abatement agreement with E.ON.
Officials from Champaign County and three townships filed an application Thursday asking the Ohio Power Siting Board to reconsider issues included in a proposed amendment to the first phase of the Buckeye Wind Project. Earlier this year, wind farm developers sought changes to the first phase of the project, which included relocating four access roads, re-sizing two construction yards and relocating a substation.
Decommissioning one of these large turbines can be very costly, leaving landowners with a turbine or turbines on their land wary. Along with tearing down this tall structure, the large base of concrete and steel securing the structure must be removed down to five-feet below the ground-surface.
Following a lengthy, and at times vociferous, discussion of the wind turbine project, council voted 3-2 against proceeding with the first reading of a rewritten ordinance to allow wind turbines in industrial areas. It was then the consensus of council to obtain information from the Putnam County Board of Elections to put the issue on a special election.
When the turbine was initially installed, it was expected to produce 6,000 kilowatt-hours per year and pay an electric rate of 13 cents per kwh. ...A more accurate estimate of how many kilowatt-hours it will produce each year is 1,000.
Auburn Township Zoning Board members told a standing-room-only crowd this week that the township needs to regulate wind turbines or risk countless Board of Zoning Appeals rulings and possible lawsuits in the future.
The regulations would apply to anyone within the city interested in installing a wind energy conversion system (WECS) under the five-megawatt size on their property. ...The regulations state that "shadow flicker" from the turning of the blades cannot be allowed to affect the neighbor's home, the WECS must have brakes and cannot be more than 100 feet tall.
The Richfield Township Board of Trustees voted June 17 to add a section to the zoning code for wind energy systems. This will set up the framework for township residents to create their energy through wind turbines, but don't expect windmills to start popping up all over the township.