SB 188 would allow more wind turbines, bringing billions in investment to Ohio

State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) is making another push to allow more wind turbine construction in Ohio with his proposal, Senate Bill 188 (SB 188), which would “partially undo changes” to previous legislation that significantly increased setback limits for turbines, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Those changes took effect when Governor Kasich signed HB 483 in 2014 (see our June 18, 2014 blog post), creating some of the most restrictive wind turbine setback limits in the country. Hite “tried to make the changes earlier this year through an amendment to the state budget (see our July 5, 2017 blog post),” but that amendment was removed from the budget bill. Supporters of SB 188, including the American Wind Energy Association, “say the changes will lead to $4.2 billion worth of investment that is now bottled up because some projects are not economically viable with current rules.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, Wind