Wind Energy

A 90-foot barge is used to extract soil samples and perform pressure tests in Lake Erie, where Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation plans to erect six wind turbines next year. (Photo by Mort Tucker/LeedCo)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A new green future is building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both CLEVELAND — “Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant […]

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years
AEP / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years

One of the United States’ largest power companies is looking to increase its renewable energy portfolio five-fold in value and has identified a 1.37 GW solar pipeline COLUMBUS — “If there was one definitive sign that renewable energy has gone mainstream, this may be it. Last Friday American Electric Power (AEP), […]

Citizens debate rules on distance between wind farms and Their property
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Citizens debate rules on distance between wind farms and Their property

VAN WERT  — “The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between […]

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills. Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase […]

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial
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Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Ohio wrongly straitjackets wind energy development — reducing jobs and investment — because of an ill-considered and overly restrictive setback requirement slipped into Ohio law a few years back. Fortunately, lawmakers have a chance to fix that. A Republican state legislator from Northwest Ohio, Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay, has […]

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

Ohio bills would ease restrictive setbacks for new wind farms

COLUMBUS — “Two bills in the Ohio Senate aim to ease restrictions in a 2014 law that have effectively blocked the development of new commercial wind farms in the state. That 2014 budget bill amendment tripled the previous property line setbacks for wind turbines and has stymied all but a […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Wind farms in Ohio pit environmentalists against some neighbors tired of noise, view

PAYNE — “From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet. A Dispatch videographer straps on a protective harness, hard hat and safety glasses, joined by two employees of the farm’s operator, EDP Renewables. They are about to climb inside one of […]

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point

LONDON, ENGLAND — “The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of […]

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Great Lakes / Lake Erie / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Draft environmental report for Lake Erie offshore wind project is promising

CLEVELAND — “A draft Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland. …Once built, Project Icebreaker should produce about 20.7 megawatts of electricity, which is enough for about 7,000 homes. Electricity from the line of six […]

Harnessing the wind: Ohio ranks among top 10 for distributed wind energy
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Harnessing the wind: Ohio ranks among top 10 for distributed wind energy

ADA — “Ohio’s wind power capacity is experiencing strong growth despite legislative setbacks and opposition from local groups that are against the construction of large-scale wind farms. In 2016, Ohio installed 102 megawatts of utility-scale wind capacity — that is, capacity from wind farms used for bulk power. These projects […]