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

A series of wind turbines produce energy on a property near Ohio Northern University. The turbines are two of six in Hardin County, with 87 more being proposed at a location near Dunkirk. A recent report showed Ohio is among the top 10 in the nation for distributed wind energy, despite legislative obstacles and local opposition.

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 helped rank Ohio among the top 10 nationwide in total wind capacity when it comes to the amount of megawatts installed since 2003, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy.

In January 2017, One Energy LLC secured $80 million in financing from Prudential Capital Group, signaling institutional capital acceptance of the company’s approach to providing distributed wind to industrial and commercial customers in Ohio. Ohio’s net-metering policy has no system capacity limit, so One Energy’s customers can have larger wind projects that displace more of their retail rate electricity with guaranteed power purchase agreement rates.

In northwest Ohio, there are 155 wind turbines in Van Wert County, six turbines in Hardin County, and five in Hancock County. Of the 155 turbines in Van Wert County, 152 are on the same wind farm near the Van Wert-Paulding County line. In Hardin County, a 66-megawatt wind farm is being proposed west of Dunkirk.”

— John Bush, The Lima News

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