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CLEVELAND --- Ohio lawmakers are not going to allow electric utilities to seek rate increases solely to buttress sagging credit ratings, as requested by one state utility
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.
With an eye on the future of alternative energy, Planning Commission recommended to council the approval of an ordinance allowing wind turbines in the city. If passed, wind turbines of up to 200 feet would be permitted north of Interstate 90, provided they have setbacks equal to the structure's height.
Construction of the first commercial-scale wind-powered electric generation facility in Ohio could begin as early as next summer in Champaign County if the Ohio Power Siting Board approves the proposal submitted in April by Buckeye Wind, LLC., a subsidiary of Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. which recently finished construction of its first project, located in Pennsylvania. As the first, the decisions made by officials likely will set precedent for future applications and preview the process for any possible future applications in Logan County.
Black Fork Wind LLC, the project name of the wind farm planned for the Crestline/Shelby area, has filed for waivers to Ohio Administrative Codes to allow them to cut corners in the development of this industry in Richland and Crawford counties. ...This issue concerns me very much and I hope everyone (both in and out of the proposed site) will do their research.
The Jefferson Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-1 Tuesday to make corrections to its original approval of Roger Brown's request for a conditional use permit to build a 197-foot-tall meteorological tower on property he owns along State Route 540. ...Zoning regulations allow conditional use permits for projects that can be classified as public service facilities ...but do not specifically mention turbines or meteorological towers.
A number of Crawford and Richland County residents have reservations about wind turbines popping up in their farmlands. John Warrington, of Vernon Township, and Brett Heffner, of Jackson Township, conducted a community meeting outside the Vernon Township building Tuesday. More than 40 residents attended to listen to information about the proposed Phase 1 Black Fork Wind Farm project.
Several Fairfield County townships are updating their zoning codes to regulate windmills ...A change in state law last year gave the Ohio Power Siting Board authority to approve large projects generating five megawatts of power or more. It also gave local zoning boards the responsibility to regulate small wind turbines producing fewer than five megawatts.
Richland and Crawford County officials voiced concerns but offered support for a future wind farm during ...Hettich gave a presentation on the specifics of installing as many as 112 Vestas 1.8 megawatt wind turbines across Richland and Crawford Counties starting in the second half of 2010. The turbines would be located at various sites encompassing about 46,000 acres of land across the county's borderline.
After reviewing model ordinances on wind turbine zoning from Wisconsin and Sandusky, Clyde city council members agreed that the city will need to be restrictive when they draw up their ordinance. Clyde City Manager Dan Weaver suggested council members make a motion at the next meeting to prepare an ordinance for the city planning commission to review.