Buckeye Wind Project Given Green Light, But…

John Davis

Fifty wind turbines could soon be turning, cranking out green power in East Central Ohio’s Champaign County … but there are some caveats.

This story from Springfield (OH) News-Sun
says the Ohio Power Siting Board has given Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. the green light for the Buckeye Wind Project, which will be one of the first utility-scale wind projects in the state:

Originally, the application submitted to the OPSB sought to build about 70 turbines, but the board voted not to permit 16 of the proposed turbines because they are viewed as a potential hazard to aviation at Grimes and Weller air fields near Urbana. Two additional turbines will not be sited because they did not meet minimum setback requirements. The turbines are supposed to be built 1,000 feet back from roads and structures. In all, there were about 70 conditions required for the project.

Everpower officials say there’s more to be done before groundbreaking, but this decision from the board moves the project forward.