Wind Energy

Latest wind bill deserves closer look: editorial

FINDLAY — “For several years before his resignation from the Ohio Senate, Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, had pushed hard to create wind-energy opportunities for the state.

Wind has not always been a popular GOP cause, but Hite’s advocacy was based, in part, on the fact that his district included favorable locations for wind farms, including the state’s newest one in northern Hardin County. Hite also realized wind power could be an important economic development driver and provide substantial tax benefit to local governments and school districts.

Hite was a primary sponsor of legislation introduced earlier this year that would have eased setback restrictions that lawmakers had quietly added to another bill in 2014.

While Hite’s bill has fizzled since his departure from the Legislature, the cause has been taken up by Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls.

Dolan is heading Senate Bill 238, a proposal which would reduce the distance required between wind turbines and homes. The bill is nearly identical to Hite’s. Current rules say a wind turbine must be at least 1,300 feet from a property line, but Dolan’s bill would reduce the distance to a level just above what it was before 2014.”

— editorial, Findlay Courier

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