Ohio wind energy development stalled in 2014 when a last-minute budget amendment passed with no hearings and no public input. The amendment increased the required distance between a wind turbine and a dwelling or property line, making even the eight wind projects in the pipeline at the time unfeasible.
Before the law changed, nearly $1 billion was spent building wind farms in northwest Ohio. Taxes and lease payments from those original projects are on course to pour $1.07 billion into local economies, including construction and operation, lease payments to property owners and taxes to schools and local governments. If we fix the "wind setback" problem now, we can unleash a potential $4.2 billion in economic development that creates local jobs, supports our farmers with reliable revenue and doesn't pollute our air, water and people.
Our lawmakers need to hear from us on this critical issue. Please sign the petition below and forward to others. - Thanks.
- Ohio could attract economic development by fixing the wind setbacks laws.
- Companies that want to invest in Ohio care about where their energy comes from - and we’re falling behind.
- Ohio is #1 in the nation for wind-related manufacturing - let’s invest in our own state.