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Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

Setbacks have been an issue of contention with proposed Champaign County wind farm

Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY  — “A Northeast Ohio Republican is pushing for a return to shorter setbacks for wind farms in Ohio, arguing the rules created in 2014 have strangled investment in the industry.

The issue of how far turbines should be built from nearby businesses and residential properties has long been a contentious issue in Champaign County, where developers have sought to build a wind farm in two phases.

The project’s developers have argued residents are adequately protected. But opponents have said turbines should be farther from homes and businesses for safety and to prevent potential nuisances like noise.

Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, provided testimony in January on a bill he’s sponsored that would ease the restrictions for potential wind development. The rules instituted in 2014 nearly tripled the property line setbacks, he said, and have made it nearly impossible for wind farm developers to operate in the state.”

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