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.
The developer of the proposed EcoHarmony wind project in Fillmore County, Minn., is asking the state Public Utilities Commission to extend its site permit, which was granted in 2010. The project has been scaled back in response to concerns from regulators, but the PUC staff last week still recommended that the commission deny or table the developer's request, require the creation of a wildlife protection plan and take steps for a potential permit revocation.
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.
Horizon Wind Energy is in the first phase of construction at the Timber Road II Wind Farm in Paulding County, Ohio, said Erin Bowser, a project manager for Horizon Wind Energy. Timber Roads I, III and IV are in the planning stages, but the four phases are projected to have 200 wind turbines combined, Bowser said.