Lawmaker says returning to former wind turbine setbacks will spur investment in Ohio

The debate over setback requirements for wind turbines in Ohio continues (see our August 23, 2016 blog post), this time with Senate Bill 328 (SB 328) sponsored by Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), which would “ease the restrictions for potential wind development,” the Springfield News-Sun reports. Dolan said the 2014 legislation that increased setback requirements has “made it nearly impossible for wind farm developers to operate in the state,” according to the article. If approved, SB 328 “would determine setback requirements based on the height of the turbine and the length of the turbine’s blades.” Dolan pointed out that “no new wind farm applications have been filed with the state since the setback increase in 2014,” and he said Ohio “is losing out on millions in investment going to other states.” Andrew Gohn, eastern regional policy director for the American Wind Energy Association, said rolling back the 2014 legislation “will unleash Ohio business opportunities for wind power and the Fortune 500 companies who want to buy it.” For more, read the full article

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