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Black Fork Wind Farm decision affirmed; Timeline for project up in the air

The 2012 approval of the Black Fork Wind Farm by the Ohio Power Siting Board was affirmed in a decision handed down Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court. Opponents of the planned wind-turbine project, to be constructed in northern Richland and Crawford counties, included a handful of residents in Shelby, Crestline and Tiro. They had appealed the siting board’s approval.
19 Dec 2013

Wind company pulls controversial proposal

Representatives from the Buckeye Wind farm said they are backing out of a controversial proposal that would have relocated a temporary construction yard outside Urbana. Buckeye Wind LLC had planned to use the staging area during construction of two phases of the wind farm, which would build about 100 turbines across several townships in Champaign County.
17 Dec 2013

Ohio wind farms praised by some, criticized by others

Northwest Ohio has had wind farms in operation for about three years. Some are not happy with the wind farms, while others think the arrival of alternative-energy companies is the best thing that could happen to the region. ..."We were told that the noise was minimal and that light flickers are only noticeable at 1,000 meters and only for a few minutes," Schaffner said. "That simply is not true."
13 Oct 2013

County seeks rehearing in turbine case

Turbines must be placed at least 541 feet from a non-participating land owner's property line under the current agreement, and at least 919 feet from a non-participating house. The prosecutor's appeal argued those setbacks don't go far enough, and that the state should instead use recommendations from turbine manufacturers. ...prosecutors pointed out that one manufacturer recommends clearing an area of about 1,300 feet in the event of a turbine fire.
29 Jun 2013

County, townships fight turbine ruling

On Wednesday, county commissioners and trustees from Goshen, Union and Urbana townships met in executive session and then voted to ask Kevin Talebi, Champaign County prosecutor, to seek a rehearing with the siting board on the decision.
7 Jun 2013

OPSB approves Buckeye Wind II

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approved a certificate Tuesday allowing for the construction of more than 50 wind turbines in eastern Champaign County as part of the second phase of the Buckeye Wind farm.
29 May 2013

Wednesday meeting to detail Greenwich wind farm proposal

Its operator hopes to file an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board early this summer and begin construction by the end of the year. Commercial operations would then begin in the summer or fall of 2014. Construction would have to begin this year for the operator to take advantage of a federal tax credit, unless it is renewed for next year.
21 May 2013

County ends alternative energy zone

Having the power to withhold special tax incentives would, in effect, make a wind farm project much less attractive to energy companies, and would provide the county with more clout in bargaining with utilities seeking to locate wind turbines in Van Wert County.
18 Apr 2013

Wind farm project up in the air; Energy company looking to sell its turbine projects

Future industrial wind farm development in Mercer County is getting turbulent as BP America announced it will sell its wind energy division. BP spokesman Matt Hartwig said the Great Britain-based company decided to sell its American wind division "as part of a continuing effort to become a more focused oil and gas company and reposition the company for sustainable growth into the future."
12 Apr 2013

Public gets a chance to investigate proposed new wind farm

More than 100 people turned out Tuesday evening at Wayne Trace High School to find out about a proposed new wind farm in Blue Creek and Latty townships of Paulding County. The wind farm is being developed by Northwest Ohio Wind Energy and is slated to see construction begin by the end of December.
10 Apr 2013

Wind energy company wants poles across Allen County

A representative with BP Wind Energy met Tuesday with Allen County Commissioners to discuss constructing utility lines in the county to extract energy coming from a future Van Wert County wind farm. Because power relaying stations in Van Wert County are at capacity, BP Wind Energy Business Developer Roger Brown said the utility is looking to have that wind farm power extracted to Lima.
27 Mar 2013

Lordstown turbines continue to frustrate village officials

Mayor Arno Hill said the allure of "going green" and a fear of rejecting state grant money eventually landed the turbines on the administration building's property. "These have basically been nonproductive from Day One. We have to live with them for another six or seven years because of the 10-year grant we received. It would have been better to put in high-efficiency lighting; in my opinion, we would have had our return back by now."
27 Mar 2013

Urbana plans challenge to wind farm change

The amendment filed by Buckeye this week asks the state to allow changes to its wind farm permit, including moving the site of three construction staging areas and relocating about six miles of power lines onto leased private property. But city officials in Urbana are concerned that one of the proposed construction sites would hurt a plan to extend a sewer line.
23 Mar 2013

City, wind company may battle over construction sites

Urbana's prosecutor has raised concerns about a proposed construction staging area near Three Mile Road and U.S. 36. for turbines by the Buckeye Wind Project. The city recently reached an agreement with Robert Rothschild Farm that would extend a sewer line to that area as part of a proposed expansion at Rothschild.
9 Mar 2013

Conneaut school seeks energy upgrade as wind power bombs

Board of Education members will seek quotes for replacing electric boilers in Conneaut Middle School with natural gas versions, an indication they may be ready to pull the plug on its experiment with wind power. ...The turbine, built in January 2010, was expected to provide the school electricity at a rate that beats FirstEnergy's prices. However, the generator has never performed as billed and for more than a year has been completely inactive.
8 Mar 2013
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