Competing proposals: ease wind energy industry restrictions, or add more hurdles?

The future of wind energy development in Ohio could depend on which of two current proposals for changing industry requirements prevails, The Morning Journal reports. Development of new, large-scale wind projects have stalled in the state since HB 483, which increased setback guidelines for turbines, became law in 2014. Wind-energy backers are proposing new legislation (see our February 27, 2018 blog post) that would allow counties to permit construction of wind turbines closer to property lines. However, a proposal before a state board that regulates wind farm sites seeks to force wind developers to obtain approval from more property owners before building turbines—adding yet another hurdle for any new projects. The American Wind Energy Association called that proposal “a death sentence” for Ohio’s future wind-energy development.

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