Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The state Senate is moving to undo a bad mistake the General Assembly
made in 2014, a job-killing mistake that’s been strangling wind-energy
investments in Ohio.

In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind turbine must be from the adjacent property of anyone who opposes the wind energy project, The Plain Dealer’s John Funk has reported.

That deeper setback amounts to about 1,300 feet. Ohio’s original setback was 550 feet. According to a study by the Wind Energy Foundation, ‘Ohio’s [2014] setback requirements for adjacent properties not participating in a wind project are by far the most restrictive in the region and one of the most stringent in the nation.’

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal by Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican, to prune the setback to about 600 feet. The American Wind Energy Association supports Hite’s proposal. Hite’s plan was added as an amendment to Ohio’s proposed two-year budget (House Bill 49), now pending in the Senate.”

— editorial, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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