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Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senate bill, but mandates reduced

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CLEVELAND — “There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio.

The Ohio Senate’s GOP leadership is making an effort to encourage wind-farm development in the state by eliminating restrictive rules that previous GOP leadership slipped into a budget bill four years ago.

The 2014 changes lengthened the distance a wind turbine can be to an adjoining property line  to 1,125 feet — rather than to the nearest home on adjacent property — and ended any further wind project applications in the state.

The Senate is proposing to relax those restrictions. Yet at the same time it is making changes to other state energy laws including those requiring electric companies to sell more energy generated by wind, solar and hydro projects and to develop programs that help customers use less electricity.

Even more daunting, all of the changes are presented in substantially re-written legislation approved a year ago by the Ohio House, which is not expected to go along with a total make-over of its work in H.B. 114.”

— John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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