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Ohio bills would ease restrictive setbacks for new wind farms

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio (Credit: Wikimedia Commons).

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 few projects that had already gone through the permitting process under prior law.

‘We have stopped further development of wind projects in the state of Ohio while everyone else around the country seems to be progressing,’ said Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), who introduced Senate Bill 188 on September 14. ‘Unless we do something, we’re not going to compete with these other states.’

Hite’s bill is similar to a budget amendment that the Ohio Senate passed in June, but which was rejected by the Ohio House of Representatives in conference committee negotiations. Under Hite’s bill, the property line setback would be 120 percent of the turbine’s height, which is still more than the pre-2014 law required.”

— Kathiann M. Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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