Wind Energy

Small wind turbines in Ohio are the next big thing, says Department of Energy

Green Energy Technologies, a ParkOhio subsidiary, manufacturers this 30-kilowatt Wind Sphere in Cleveland. The shroud around the blade speeds up the wind and increases the amount of power generated (Credit: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer).

CLEVELAND — “Ohio businesses, farmers and industries have been installing small, medium and even large wind turbines for more than a decade, and the state is now ranked sixth in the nation for the amount of power these turbines can generate for on-site use or nearby delivery.

In an annual market report issued this week, the U.S. Department of Energy said by the end of 2016, non-utility wind turbines in Ohio had a total generating capacity of 42.5 megawatts, or 42.5 million watts.

In marked contrast, in a companion market report on utility-scale wind capacity issued simultaneously with the small distributed wind report, the DOE found that Ohio ranks 26th in the nation for large turbine wind farm capacity.

…Ohio’s low ranking for big wind follows years of efforts by GOP leadership in the Ohio Senate and House to stymie wind development, either for ideological or political reasons.”

— John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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