Renewable Energy

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down challenge to wind-farm approval

Michael Ainsworth | Dallas Morning News/MCT

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COLUMBUS— “The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of the way state officials approved a wind farm in Champaign County.

In a unanimous ruling released on Wednesday, the court found that the Ohio Power Siting Board was proper in the way it approved revisions to a proposal for the Buckeye I wind farm. But there remains a separate pending appeal that is delaying construction of the project.

The wind farm would have 54 turbines that generate a total of 135 megawatts.

Wind farms have become a hot-button issue in northwestern Ohio, as economic-development leaders and some residents want to encourage the projects and the income they will bring, while some residents see wind farms as ugly or have other objections.

The appeal to the court was brought by the Champaign County government and three township governments from within the county. The local officials said the Power Siting Board failed to include some basic conditions in its approval of the plan. Among those conditions was an agreement that the developer would pay for road maintenance related to the project.”

—Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch

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