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A look at wind power’s history in Ohio

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio Credit: Wikimedia Commons).

VAN WERT — “The Blue Creek Wind Farm has been cited repeatedly over the years as an example of what was possible before today’s highly restrictive setback rules were passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in 2014.

Company officials have said the project likely would have been sited in northeast Indiana if Ohio’s current rules were in effect then. Only a dozen of the 152 turbines would have met those siting requirements.

A 20-page report written in 2017 by two Washington-based industry groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation, asserted Ohio’s losses in potential economic development since the 2014 rules took effect had reached a staggering $4.2 billion.

The 2014 law requires at least a 1,300-foot setback from the property line, nearly three times the 540-foot requirement under the previous law. AWEA and other wind industry advocates, including those involved with the Seneca County projects, are trying to get the law repealed.

While the Blue Creek Wind Farm is Ohio’s largest to date, two others that big are in the works in Seneca, Crawford, Huron, and Erie counties.”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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