For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 6, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), along with wind energy associations worldwide, are raising awareness of the wind energy industry in recognition of Global Wind Day on June 15, 2013.
Under Ohio’s alternative energy portfolio standard, 25 percent of electricity sold in Ohio must be generated from alternative energy sources by 2025. At least half of this energy must come from renewable energy sources, including wind, and one half of the renewable energy facilities must be located in the state.
Currently in Ohio, wind is used to generate approximately 0.15% of the electricity used in the state. With the recent addition of the Buckeye II Wind Farm, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has approved certificates to construct 10 wind farms across the state totaling 639 turbines and 1,302 megawatts of potential generation capacity.
Who oversees wind power development in the state of Ohio?
New wind farms (five megawatts or more) must obtain a siting certificate through the OPSB. This unique siting process is made possible in Ohio because all the entities involved with reviewing the siting application are seated at the same table: the chair of the PUCO, the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Ohio departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, four members of the Ohio legislature and a public member.
What is the status of wind power development in Ohio?
Since 2008, wind power developers in the state have actively moved several wind farm projects forward. Two projects are operational, the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert and Paulding counties and the Timber Road II project in Paulding County. The two projects consist of 215 total turbines, with a combined generating capacity of 450 megawatts of electricity.
Snapshot of existing and planned wind facilities in Ohio:
**Approved, not yet under construction
For more information on wind power and other renewable and advanced energy resources in Ohio, visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov and www.OPSB.ohio.gov.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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