New Rules Cloud Future for Large-scale Wind Farms in Ohio

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The forecast for big wind farms in Ohio is cloudy at best after policy changes at the state level.

Backers of wind energy say about a dozen wind farm projects that have been certified by the state are essentially on hold now. This comes after Ohio put in a two-year delay on its renewable energy targets last summer.

The change means power companies don’t have an incentive to buy electricity from wind farms and puts a big dent in their financing.

Another blow to wind farm developers is a new law that requires turbine blades to be at least a quarter-mile from the nearest property line.

There are still several small-scale wind projects in Ohio that are going forward despite those new laws that have hurt the bigger projects.