Wind Energy

Fred. Olsen Renewables of Norway, commissioned this crane and drilling barge in 2015 to take core samples of the lake bottom about 8 to 10 miles offshore for the proposed Icebreaker Windpower project. The Ohio Power Siting Board has now accepted Icebreaker's application after holding it up in April for not including enough information about how it would monitor the impact of the project on bird, bats and aquatic life. (John Funk/Plain Dealer file photo)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

LEEDCo wind turbine application complete, says Ohio Power Siting Board

CLEVELAND —  “The siting board held up Icebreaker’s application in April after determining that the company had not fully explained its plans to monitor the impact of the construction of  the project on birds and bats and on fisheries and aquatic life. Since then Icebreaker has negotiated and signed agreements with […]

Tilting at Windmills
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Tilting at Windmills

CLEVELAND — “Cleveland has been trying to develop offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie since 2004. After many false starts, construction on a pilot program will start in 2018, helped along by Project Icebreaker, which will allow year-round production in the partly frozen lake. Should this six-turbine wind farm on […]

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Riverside County, CA (Credit: Nandaro / Creative Commons).
AEP / Wind Energy

AEP eyes April 2018 as pivotal month for future of nation’s largest wind farm

COLUMBUS — “A Columbus electric utility is buying the largest single-site wind project in American history – and it’s chosen April as the do-or-die month for its future. The 800-turbine, 2,000 megawatt project being built in Oklahoma by Invenergy and General Electric’s renewable energy division is a massive undertaking that […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
Wind Energy

Wind turbine setback, battles over green energy rules expected in Ohio legislature

CLEVELAND — “Renewable energy’s struggle to grow in Ohio is expected to resume this fall following years of political battles over state energy mandates. Legislation amending how close a wind turbine can be to adjacent property not part of a wind farm is planned by Republican state senator Cliff Hite […]

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial
Wind Energy

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial

AKRON — “Three years ago, Ohio erected a roadblock to the development of wind power in the state. It all but halted new investment. Now the pieces have aligned at the Statehouse to make the needed correction. The Republican majority in the Senate has included a remedy in its version […]

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial
Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The state Senate is moving to undo a bad mistake the General Assembly made in 2014, a job-killing mistake that’s been strangling wind-energy investments in Ohio. In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind […]

The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

Iberdrola Renewables built these wind turbines as part of the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert, Ohio. But wind development in in the state has stalled since 2014 when lawmakers created the most restrictive turbine property setback rules in the nation. Legislation proposed last year to allow county commissioners to modify the state rules failed. Now the 2014 rules are being challenged in this year’s budget bill (Credit: Karen Schiely).
Wind Energy

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s official hostility toward wind farm development may be about to change. State Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican whose 11-county district contains some of the best wind in Ohio, this week said that he is submitting an amendment to the Senate’s final version of state budget bill […]

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

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations

COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy advocates are pushing hard this week to get Ohio lawmakers to revise a three-year-old rule that put new restrictions on where wind turbines can be placed. The proposal is in the form of an amendment to the state budget, submitted by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, whose district […]

Turbines at the Spring Canyon Wind Farm outside Peetz, Colo. The farm is owned by Invenergy, and produces energy under contract to Xcel Energy (Credit: Ryan David Brown).
Wind Energy

Even as wind power rises, it falls under a political cloud

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind farms, with their rapid geographic spread and technological advances, are reshaping the electric system, defying skepticism that they are steady or reliable enough to displace conventional power plants. ‘The fuel of choice right now, certainly for us, is wind,’ said Ben Fowke, the chief executive of […]