Which way does the wind blow in Ohio? State’s wind rules under discussion, again

The winds of change may be blowing in Ohio, as lawmakers discuss another possible change to the state’s requirements for wind turbines, Columbus Business First reports. Ohio “was considered a highly attractive region for developers of large-scale wind farms” until legislative changes enacted stricter setback requirements (see our June 18, 2014 blog post) and froze renewable energy standards (see our June 13, 2014 blog post). Because of those changes, developers “dialed back” the wind industry’s future in Ohio to “cautiously optimistic,” according to the article. A new piece of legislation, Substitute House Bill 190, could regain some of the lost appeal by establishing a “wind corridor” in northwestern Ohio, which “would allow counties in the corridor to follow less restrictive setback requirements.” Amazon.com Inc.’s manager of U.S. public policy, John Stephenson, testified in favor of the bill; Amazon “has partnered with EDP Renewables to build a 100-megawatt wind facility in Paulding County (see our December 9, 2015 blog post).” For more, read the full article.

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