Representatives from Van Wert and Putnam counties in Ohio have asked state lawmakers to approve a bill that would ease the setback requirements for wind turbines. Less restrictive setback rules would encourage future investment in Ohio's wind industry and make it more appealing for manufacturers and data centers that want clean energy, said Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Susan Munroe.
Vermont state senators agreed to postpone a floor debate on a measure that would amend how the state reviews wind projects. Under the bill, the legislature's Joint Energy Committee would be tasked with reviewing project evaluations from regulators and formulating new rules. The Public Service Board would also be directed to further consider a project's environmental impact.
The Ford County, Ill., Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend issuing a special-use permit for Stewardship Energy and Akuo Energy's proposed Dogtown wind project. The application advances to the county Zoning Board of Appeals, which could vote on the permit application on April 8.
Officials from Ohio's Van Wert and Allen counties met to discuss BP Wind Energy's proposal to build a 200-megawatt wind farm in Van Wert County. BP has optioned several lots in the area and intends to begin the permitting process later this year. If the project gets the nod of the Ohio Power Siting Board, turbine installation could begin late this year or early 2014.
EDP Renewables North America has commemorated the opening of the 99-megawatt Timber Road II wind farm in Paulding County, Ohio. The $175 million wind farm is the first utility-scale wind installation in Ohio and will be able to power more than 27,000 homes. "This is the fruition of a lot of hard work to open up Ohio to this new commercial-grade development because now there are a lot of people who want to come here and build manufacturing now, too," said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.