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, project 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.

Iberdrola 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.

Setback 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.

O'Connor said this will mean having to acquire set-back waivers from 50 percent more properties.

Iberdrola is currently considering if it is viable for them to move forward,” O'Connor said.

Governor 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