LEIPSIC — Twelve words in House Bill
483 means a 'devastating set back” for the possibility of the
development of a wind farm near Leipsic.
This was the message Jim O'Conner,
developer with Iberdrola Renewables, brought to the Putnam County
Commissioners on Thursday. O'Connor said Gov. Kasich's approval of
the bill has a huge impact in whether Iberdrola will move forward
with the project.
has contracts with 200 landowners to meet the former requirements
needed to put in 45 wind turbines, each producing 3.3 megawatts for a
total project capacity of 150 megawatts.
requirements were changed for wind turbines in House Bill 483. The
former set backs required 1,250 feet plus the length of the blade
from the nearest inhabited residence. The new rulings make the
setbacks 1,250 feet from the nearest property lines.
said this will mean having to acquire set-back waivers from 50
percent more properties.
is currently considering if it is viable for them to move forward,”
John Kasich signed House Bill 483 on June 16, just days after signing
another bill that freezes and alters Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards
Read more on this story in the July 16 issue of the Putnam County Sentinel