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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).
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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 farms in Ohio pit environmentalists against some neighbors tired of noise, view
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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
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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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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 […]

Small wind turbines in Ohio are the next big thing, says Department of Energy
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Small wind turbines in Ohio are the next big thing, says Department of Energy

CLEVELAND — “Ohio businesses, farmers and industries have been installing small, medium and even large wind turbines for more than a decade, and the state is now ranked sixth in the nation for the amount of power these turbines can generate for on-site use or nearby delivery. In an annual […]

Ohio now a leader in small wind-power projects, federal report says
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Ohio now a leader in small wind-power projects, federal report says

COLUMBUS — “While giant wind farms get much of the attention, there is a small but steady market for more-modest wind energy projects at businesses and homes, and Ohio is a leader. Ohio added 1.54 megawatts of wind energy through these types of projects last year, which ranked seventh in […]

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa)
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The red state with an energy blueprint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Iowa didn’t become an energy powerhouse by accident. Back in the 1980s, we enacted the nation’s first law incentivizing utilities that bought more renewable power. That began decades of innovation and investment in Iowa’s energy sector. Fast forward to today where we’re now reaping the rewards: low-cost […]

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)
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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 […]