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Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks, but rule change could derail process

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COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Republican’s bill would relax one of the nation’s strictest wind farm setback laws, but a proposed rule change could make getting variances next to impossible.

Ohio’s four-year-old setback law calls for wind turbines on commercial wind farms to be about 1,300 feet from the closest property line. The provision was adopted as alast-minute amendment to a 2014 budget bill. Since then, not a single land-based wind farm has been approved in Ohio.

‘Without setback reform, projects are not going to move forward,’ said Andrew Gohn, a policy advocate and attorney with the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade group that represents the industry.

A bill from Ohio Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) would ease property line setbacks to 120 percent of a turbine’s height. For a 500-foot tall turbine, including blade height, that would be 600 feet. A turbine would also have to be at least 1,225 feet from the nearest habitable residential structure on adjacent property.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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