Articles from 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.
Chris Zeman of rural Republic said he’s forming a group opposing the wind project called Seneca Anti-Wind Union. He invited people to visit a new Facebook page. “We’re trying to inform people about the importance of the setbacks and destruction of the viewshed,” he said.
Republic Wind, LLC, intends to file an application to construct the Republic Wind Farm, which would spread across nearly 15,000 acres of leased land. That property is in the townships of Adams, Reed, Scipio and Thompson in Seneca County and York Township in Sandusky County, according to a pre-application filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board.
It’s been 15 years since Jim Spencer started a small solar energy company in New York that would turn into Pittsburgh’s biggest wind developer and, on Thanksgiving Day, be sold to the world’s biggest asset manager.
Police have issued a cease-and-desist order to the management of Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center to make them stop work on a wind turbine for which they had not obtained a building permit.
North America's first freshwater offshore wind farm scheduled to be constructed in Lake Erie next year is receiving a strong boost from electrical and steel union workers, entrepreneurs and business owners who support the project's job-creation and clean energy potential.
The Consumers' Counsel isn't buying the feint: “Nonetheless, it can be expected that AEP will seek to collect from other customers, through charges on customers’ electric bills, the revenues AEP would forgo as a result of the discounts proposed in the application,” the agency filing says. The unknown billing borne by other customers is "not limited or capped,”
The OPSB postponed the adjudicatory hearing in response to a request from its staff to suspend the procedural schedule in this case to allow additional time to obtain more information from Icebreaker Windpower on the pre- and post-construction radar technology monitoring protocol selected for use at the project site for determining project impacts.
The resignation, effective immediately, came as a surprise ...Mr. Hite, 63, chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee and has a number of bills pending in the Senate, including those dealing with wind farm setback rules.
Anna DeGarmo’s recent opinion piece (“OPINION: Despite opposition, renewable energy should come to Ohio”) concluded that despite local opposition to utility scale wind development, Ohio should continue to force more wind energy into the utility mix. She even goes so far as to label local opponents to wind energy as “close minded” .
PAYNE, Ohio – From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet.
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart claims Apex Clean Energy has been attempting to secure land rights from property owners in northern Mercer County for wind turbines, without notifying the public or local governments. A text of the letter written by Mr. Wiechart is provided at the bottom of this page and at this link.
The Enertech E13 wind turbine continues to be a motionless sentinel over the American Legion Post west of Norwalk. Problems with the unit followed by lack of power will cause the wind machine to come down. American Legion post member Tom Cesa has taken it upon himself to try and salvage the wind turbine project.
“It’s just very annoying, very unpleasant,” said Brenda DeLong, 61, interviewed on her front porch. ...From her porch, she hears a near-constant sound, like a plane flying overhead, from the turbines. On some mornings and evenings, when the sun is behind the turbines, she sees a flicker of shadows on the walls of her house. She feels like an essential part of her life — the outdoors around her home — has been taken away from her.
The four column-type wind turbines on top of One Government Center downtown — which were supposed to supplement the building’s energy use but instead sat idle for years — were finally removed at the taxpayers expense. It cost taxpayers $68,000 to remove the four turbines from the 22-story, state-owned building, said Tom Hoyt, Department of Administrative Services spokesman.
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.
The recent cancelation of the proposed Camp Perry demonstration windmill was celebrated by the American Bird Conservancy of Virginia, and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory — a local bird research, conservation and education organization headquartered in Oak Harbor.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Renewable energy's struggle to grow in Ohio is expected to resume this fall following years of political battles over state energy mandates.
The wind farm's impact of greatest concern to birders and environmentalists involves the potential for high mortality rates due to collisions by birds and bats into the spinning fan blades. LEEDCo acknowledges this fear in its document, but warns that monitoring and documenting casualties from collisions are difficult and pose unique hurdles not found at land-based wind farms.