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Wind energy proposal may dictate industry’s future in Ohio

Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert County. photo: Iberdrola Renewables

TOLEDO — “Wind energy’s future in Ohio is at a crossroads.

Two much different proposals — one easing restrictions stifling new wind farms and another adding more hurdles for future development — are being pitched to state lawmakers and regulators.

…Ohio ranks in the middle of the pack among all states when it comes to wind energy capacity, but it lags behind all the Midwestern states and its neighbors, except for Kentucky.

The state’s wind energy capacity of 617 megawatts at the end of last year was just one-third of the capacity in Michigan, according to the American Wind Energy Association

With utilities scaling back on coal and nuclear power, there’s more for room wind projects in the state, but natural gas is positioned to become a dominant energy source with close to a dozen plants being built or in the planning stages.”

Associated Press

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