Wind Energy on the Ballot in Ohio

In north-central Ohio, Seneca County commissioners used a new 2021 law to ban renewable energy projects in unincorporated parts of the county. Now, another ban is up for a vote in neighboring Crawford County, Ohio.

On October 21, 2022 Julie Grant of The Allegheny Front wrote the story, WIND ENERGY HAS DIVIDED ONE RURAL OHIO COUNTY. NOW, VOTERS GET TO DECIDE ITS FATE

As the push to avoid the worst impacts of climate change heats up, some rural communities find themselves on the front lines of clean energy developments. There have been bitter fights in Ohio over industrial wind farm proposals in recent years. In June of 2021, the state legislature gave locals new power when passed Senate Bill 52, which allows counties to block the development of large-scale solar and wind projects. Last November, the Seneca County commissioners used that law to ban renewable energy projects in unincorporated parts of the county. In response, Apex killed the wind farm that included Fry’s land.

Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front
Senate Bill 52 enrolled:

“Ohio laws have been unfriendly toward renewables over the past decade. Ohio has what’s considered to be strict setback laws for wind turbines. House Bill 6, which was mired in scandal, ended renewable energy mandates and bolstered coal and nuclear plants. And now, Senate Bill 52 has empowered county governments to ban renewable developments outright.”

Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front

HONEY CREEK WIND PROJECT:

Apex Clean Energy is in the middle stages of developing Honey Creek Wind, a wind energy project located in Crawford County. Honey Creek will bring economic growth to the local community and help preserve the area’s agricultural heritage. Preliminary plans show that Honey Creek Wind may include approximately 60 wind turbines, placed on land leased from participating landowners.
PROJECT SUMMARY

  • Planned to be located on open farmland in rural Crawford County
  • Capable of producing up to 300 MW of clean, homegrown energy, enough to power approximately 85,000 U.S. homes each year
  • Turbines will  be spaced approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart on active farmland
  • Each wind turbine, including the access road, typically requires less than half an acre of land
  • Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
  • Farmers would continue farming their land with very limited disturbance
  • Will represent a significant investment in the local economy, with revenues for farmers, local government, and schools
  • Will create up to 100 jobs during construction
Source: About Honey Creek
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WIND TURBINES AND WIND FARMS SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENTS:

Sure doesn’t seem to be much problem creating these MASSIVE fossil fuel projects in Ohio.

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