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Midwest Wind Siting Project

Green Energy Ohio has partnered with RENEW Wisconsin, Center for Rural Affairs, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, and Clean Wisconsin under a grant provided by RE-AMP, to improve the siting environment for utility-scale wind energy in the Midwest; specifically Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. A positive and productive approach to wind energy siting that supports, improves and responds to local communities, while also enabling utilities and other developers to effectively and efficiently unlock wind energy potential across our region, will help lead Ohio and other states to achieve their renewable energy goals.  Following are resources on utility scale wind energy siting in Ohio, made possible by this project.  For information on wind energy siting for all States involved in the project visit http://www.renewwisconsin.org/midwest/siting.htm

Demand for utility-scale wind energy in Ohio began with the passage of S.B. 221 in 2008.  S.B. 221 contains legislation requiring Ohio's investor-owned utilities to supply 12.5 % of their retail electric from renewable sources, half of which has to be generated within Ohio.  Other wind friendly Ohio policies like S.B. 232, which allows counties to declare alternative energy zones thereby allowing for a payment in lieu of taxes on alternative energy projects, are keeping projects that otherwise could have been built in neighboring states in Ohio.  Currently, Ohio has 55 turbines online in Paulding County at the Timber Road II Wind Farm, another 167 are being constructed at the Blue Creek Wind Farm, and many other turbines are planned in projects across northeast and northeast Ohio.   Read more about the Timber Road II wind farm here: http://www.greenenergyohio.org/page.cfm?pageId=3005.  Read more about the Blue Creek wind farm here: http://www.renewwisconsin.org/midwest/ohionews/BlueCreek%20reprint.pdf.  For all things regulatory, visit the Ohio Power Siting Board's Renewable Energy Page.
 


Wind Energy Siting Webinars 
Follow this link to learn more about two webinars, made possible by this project, on the topic of utility-scale wind energy siting issues.  



Outreach Meetings 
Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Residential Property Values: A Green Energy Ohio Wind Energy Outreach Meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Education & Wellness Center, Room 111
Owens Community College
Findlay-area Campus
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840
Green Energy Ohio and Iberdrola Renewables hosted a panel of expert speakers on the subject of the impact of wind energy development on residential property values at the Findlay campus of Owens Community College. Wind energy development is new to Ohio, and as such, raises concern especially when considering potential impacts to the value of Ohioan’s investments in their homes and property. Presentations (click speaker name to download presentation) on the impact of wind energy development on property values will be given by Dale Arnold, of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Emily Sautter of Green Energy Ohio, Jim O’Conner of Iberdrola Renewables, and Bill & Chet Straley of Straley Realty & Auctioneers. There will also be time for the panelists to field questions from attendees. This meeting is made possible through a grant from RE-AMP.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) continued their research on property value impacts.  In August 2013 they published A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States. 

Seneca County Planning Commission Annual Meeting
Emily Sautter, Wind Program Manager at Green Energy Ohio was the featured speaker at the Seneca Regional Planning Commission Annual Meeting on January 19, 2012 at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. See news coverage of this event in Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune [CLICK HERE] and Fostoria Review Times [CLICK HERE].




Snapshot - Ohio Windpower Development Activity

Total Certified Total Pending
1051 MW 784 MW
571 Turbines 419 Turbines


On-Line
Project County Date Certified Number of Turbines Certified MWs
Timber Road II Wind Farm Paulding 11/18/10 55 99
Under Construction
Project County Date Certified Number of Turbines Certified MWs
Blue Creek Wind Farm Paulding & Van Wert 8/23/10 152 304
     Received Certificate of Environmental Compatibiity and Public Need
 Project County  Date Certified  Number of Turbines  Certified MWs
 Buckeye Wind Project Champaign  3/22/10  54   135
Hardin Wind Farm  Hardin 3/22/10 200 300
Hog Creek Wind Farm I  Hardin  3/22/10   27  48.6
Hog Creek Wind Farm II Hardin 8/29/11 8 18.4
Timber Road I Wind Farm Paulding 8/23/10 32 48.6
Timber Road III Wind Farm Paulding 2/28/11 28 51.4
     Pending Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need
 Project County    Number of Turbines  Pending MWs
 Black Fork Wind Farm Crawford & Richland    91  200 
Glacier Ridge Wind Farm Hardin & Logan    110  200 
 
Ashtabula Wind Energy*
Ashtabula    28 50 
 Leipsic Wind Farm Putnam    75  150 
HoneyCreek  Wind Crawford & Seneca    115   184

*Application not yet received by the Ohio Power Siting Board 


 Snapshot - Midwest Windpower Development Activity
as of August 4, 2011 

State Operating Capacity (in MW) Being Built(in MW)
IA 3738 792
IL 2438 563
MN 2681 61
IN 1339  
WI 631 5
MO 459  
MI 185 318
OH 113 309

 

    
Timber Road II Wind Farm, Paulding County, Ohio                            Blue Creek Wind Farm, Paulding & Van Wert Counties, Ohio

 

 

Wind Energy Articles – Ohio – 2011

 

 

 

 



Proposed wind farm divides community
March 11, 2012
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/proposed-wind-farm-divides-community-1342001.html

Justices OK wind farm
March 7, 2012
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/07/justices-ok-wind-farm.html

Iberdrola completes 304MW Blue Creek wind farm in US
March 7, 2012
http://www.evwind.es/noticias.php?id_not=17046

Ohio Supreme Court approves Champaign County wind energy operation
March 6, 2012
http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/ohio-supreme-court-approves-champaign-county-wind-energy-operation-1339119.html


Clean-energy ballot initiative has its quirks
February 22, 2012
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/22/clean-energy-ballot-initiative-has-its-quirks.html

Blast furnace waste gas could be considered renewable energy under Ohio law
February 22, 2012
http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/02/blast_furnace_waste_gas_could.html

Completion of Hardin County Rail Logistics Center Opens Doors for Wind Industry Supply Chain
http://www.glwn.org/12.0216HCRC.htm

Bloomville council members asked to generate questions about wind turbines
February 19, 2012
http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/page/content.detail/id/544420/Bloomville-council-members-asked-to-generate-questions-about-wind-turbines.html?nav=5005

Ohio County Creates Clean Energy Zone
February 17, 2012
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/23427

Auglaize group opposes turbines
February 11, 2012
http://www.limaohio.com/news/group-79158-burton-turbines.html

 

 

http://www.earthtechling.com/2012/02/u-s-wind-power-shows-strong-growth-in-2011/2/

County approves tax break for 'green' energy
February 4, 2012
http://www.thenews-messenger.com/article/20120204/NEWS01/202040309/County-approves-tax-break-green-energy

Cooper Farms installs wind power
February 3, 2012
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=171453

Bill would kill Ohio’s renewable energy law
February 2, 2012
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/02/02/bill-would-kill-ohios-renewable-energy-law.html

Wind farm delayed a year
January 27, 2012
http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/article/20120127/NEWS01/201270306/Wind-farm-delayed-year

Richland, Crawford county wind farm construction may start in spring
January 25, 2012
http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20120125/NEWS01/201250302/Richland-Crawford-county-wind-farm-construction-may-start-spring?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage

Turbine project moves forward
January 24, 2012
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/turbine-project-moves-forward--1318037.html

200 MW Wind Farm to Boost Ohio Clean Power
January 24, 2012
http://www.energyboom.com/wind/200-mw-wind-farm-boost-ohio-clean-power

91-turbine wind farm approved for Ohio
January 23, 2012
http://www.whiotv.com/news/ap/energy/91-turbine-wind-farm-approved-for-ohio/nG69K/

Region's electric answers are blowing in the wind
January 21, 2012
http://www.reviewtimes.com/Issues/2012/Jan/21/ar_news_012112_story4.asp?d=012112_story4,2012,Jan,21&c=n

Champaign Co. turbine project adds second phase
January 10, 2012
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/champaign-co-turbine-project-adds-second-phase-1310883.html?printArticle=y

Lincoln Electric's wind turbine off I-90 in Euclid: Whatever happened to ...?
December 24, 2011
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/12/lincoln_electrics_wind_turbine.html

EverPower purchasing Invenergy wind lease options
December 23, 2011
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=158901

 

 

 

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/wind-power-company-could-build-more-than-50-turbines-1303203.html


Community Voice: As wind farms remake landscape, our reactions must matter
December 21, 2011
http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111221/NEWS/111229994

Wind Farm Almost Complete
December 21, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=170580

PUCO Considering Cost Recovery for Long-Term Wind Energy Contract
December 5, 2011
http://www.bricker.com/publications-and-resources/publications-and-resources-details.aspx?publicationid=2308


Ohio Companies Installing Wind Turbines On-Site
November 28, 2011
http://nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8955

State enters debate over wind energy
November 6, 2011
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20111106/LOCAL/311069930

Wyandot Co. Wind Farm Project May Spill Over Into Hancock Co.
November 3, 2011
http://www.wfin.com/localnews201.asp?id=8707&storyno=3

Company growing to meet demand
October 28, 2011
http://www.newstalkradiowhio.com/news/news/local/company-growing-meet-demand/nFPSp/

Designation by commissioners would create tax breaks
October 28, 2011
http://www.thenews-messenger.com/article/20111028/NEWS01/110280301/County-eyes-green-energy-zone-?odyssey=nav|head

Designation by commissioners would create tax breaks
October 28, 2011
http://www.thenews-messenger.com/article/20111028/NEWS01/110280301/County-eyes-green-energy-zone-?odyssey=nav|head

Alternative energy zone established
October 19, 2011
http://www.reviewtimes.com/Issues/2011/Oct/19/ar_news_101911_story4.asp?d=101911_story4,2011,Oct,19&c=n

Palmyra Twp. concludes wind turbine ordinance review, postpones vote
October 19, 2011
http://www.lenconnect.com/news/x984143269/Palmyra-Twp-concludes-wind-turbine-ordinance-review-postpones-vote

GEM INC. Installs 100kW Wind Turbine at Toledo Joint Training Committee Building
October 18, 2011
http://www.altenergymag.com/news/2011/10/18/gem-inc-installs-100kw-wind-turbine-at-toledo-joint-training-committee-building/21766

NW Ohio, SE Michigan wind power is churning up cash; Area farmers reap rent, utilities add power sources
October 16, 2011
http://www.toledoblade.com/Energy/2011/10/16/Local-wind-power-is-churning-up-cash.html

Ohio's renewable energy standard is creating jobs and improving public health
October 11, 2011
http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2011/10/ohios_renewable_energy_standar.html

Getting to Know.... a wind turbine technician
October 10, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=169163

Timber Road Wind Farm opens doors to a new energy in Ohio
October 6, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=169085

Wind farm launches in Paulding County
October 5, 2011
http://www.limaohio.com/news/wind-72740-farm-first.html

Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, renewable energy tech
October 3, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=169016

New Bill Prompts Concerns about Future of Ohio's Wind Industry
September 22, 2011
http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8624

Ohio high court gets turbine dispute
September 22, 2011
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/ohio-high-court-gets-turbine-dispute--1257299.html?cxtype=rss_local-news

Ohio wind farms update
September 21, 2011
http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2011/09/governors_energy_summit_explor.html

County leaders say SB 216 could kill the Lake Erie wind farm
September 19, 2011
http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=122520&article=9131936

Renewed interest in wind energy
September 19, 2011
http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/page/content.detail/id/540372/Renewed-interest-in-wind-energy.html?nav=5005

Wind farm proposal discussed
September 16, 2011
http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20110916/NEWS01/109160313

Learn more about wind farms while there's still time to halt local Plans
September 15, 2011
http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/article/20110915/OPINION03/109150313/Learn-more-about-wind-farms-while-there-s-still-time-halt-local-plans?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp

Cleaner energy may grow in county
September 13, 2011
http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/page/content.detail/id/540182/Cleaner-energy-may-grow-in-county.html?nav=5006

Three Northeast Ohio offshore wind power projects secure federal money
September 9, 2011
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110909/FREE/110909856

US Wind Force is at the pinnacle of community outreach
September 6, 2011
http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8525

Winds of change
August 28, 2011
http://www.fwdailynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14164:Winds-of-change-&catid=174:features&Itemid=9

Blade gets splintered during ferocious storm
August 26, 2011
http://starbeacon.com/local/x890680370/Blade-gets-splintered-during-ferocious-storm

Hardin wind farm pressing ahead
August 26, 2011
http://www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/5380966/hardin-wind-farm-pressing-ahead#

Trustees updated on next wind farm project
August 19, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=168136

Wind farm plan blows into county
August 16, 2011
http://www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/5360950/wind-farm-plan-blows-into-county

Wind farm developers, county discuss potential road damage
August 13, 2011
http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20110813/NEWS01/108130313/1002/rss01

Black Fork Wind project developers allay road concerns
August 11, 2011
http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/article/20110811/NEWS01/108110305/Developers-allay-road-concerns-Black-Fork-Wind-project?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Turbine project awaits hearing
August 6, 2011
http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/article/20110806/NEWS01/108060307/Turbine-project-awaits-hearing?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Kill rates concern retired engineer
August 5, 2011
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3244981

Reward offered in crane arson case
July 30, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=167762

County engineer's office voices concerns over wind farm construction
July 26, 2011
http://www.adaherald.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=106110&TM=37406.92

Stoneco happy with local construction boom
July 19, 2011
http://www.timesbulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=167522

Wind Projects in Ohio Clear Federal Hurdle
July 18, 2011
http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8252

Wind turbine farm coming to Putnam County
July 16, 2011
http://www.limaohio.com/articles/wind-68653-kuhlman-turbines.html

Riga Township wind turbine ordinance approved
July 7, 2011
http://www.lenconnect.com/features/x1722647663/Riga-wind-ordinance-approved

Riga Township wind turbine meeting postponed
July 1, 2011
http://www.lenconnect.com/features/x230658038/Riga-Township-wind-turbine-meeting-postponed

In Your Corner: Wind Farm Debate Heats Up
June 17, 2011
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/in-your-corner/In-Your--124072734.html

Future of wind turbines discussed during Mason Fiscal Court
June 14, 2011
http://www.maysville-online.com/news/local/article_baf66cf2-96d5-11e0-8a7f-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1TsXqgxoC

Lincoln Electric installs wind turbine made by Kenersys Group of Germany
June 11, 2011
http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2011/06/post_74.html

Sylvania Twp could see wind turbines in their backyard
June 9, 2011
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=8181249

Ohio wind turbines spark mixed reaction
May 11, 2011
http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/ohio-wind-turbines-spark-mixed-reaction

Lake Erie wind power coalition seeks helping hand from Ohio Legislature
May 4, 2011
http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20110504/FREE/110509936

Horizon's Timber Road II Creates Jobs, Economic Growth
March 23, 2011
http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.7535

Horizon Wind Energy Invests Approximately $175 Million in Paulding County, Ohio
March 22, 2011
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/horizon-wind-energy-invests-approximately-175-million-in-paulding-county-ohio-118427009.html

Indiana's wind farm buildout grinding to a halt
March 18, 2011
http://indianaeconomicdigest.com/Main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=119&ArticleID=59039

Ogden Township deals with windy problem
March 15, 2011
http://www.foxtoledo.com/dpp/living_green/Ogden-Township-deals-with-windy-problem

Ohio's stalled energy projects cost jobs, study finds
March 10, 2011
http://www.ohio.com/news/ohio-s-stalled-energy-projects-cost-jobs-study-finds-1.205927

Wind farm plan gives way to Mercer County’s historic churches
March 7, 2011
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/wind-farm-plan-gives-way-to-mercer-countys-historic-churches-1100861.html

Iberdrola Renewables, FirstEnergy Sign Agreement for Largest Ohio Wind Project
February 9, 2011
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/21851

 

The Winds of Change: Do Wind Turbines Help Or Hurt Quality Of Life?
February 20, 2012
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Ohio-Wind-Farms-139730733.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Wind Power Shows Strong Growth In 2011
February 5, 2012

 

Wind power company could build more than 50 turbines
December 23, 2011