Nuclear energy bill won't affect plans for wind farm

Wind farm in Bowling Green, the pioneer of the state in developing commercial wind energy.


BELLEVUE — "The approval of a bill to save Ohio’s nuclear power plants won’t affect plans to place a wind farm in Erie and Huron counties.

Apex Clean Energy wants to construct up 71 wind turbines in the two counties in with its Emerson Creek project. Its proposal is being reviewed by the Ohio Power Siting Board, which holds the authority to deny or approve it.

The Ohio General Assembly recently approved House Bill 6, which subsidized Ohio’s nuclear energy plants, including FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse.

But the bill also eliminated Ohio’s efficiency and renewable energy standards. Despite this change, Apex said it plans to move forward with the Emerson Creek if the board approves it.

'Hundreds of local landowners and farmers have invested time and energy into local wind projects with Apex Clean Energy,' Apex spokeswoman Natasha Montague said. 'We continue our commitment to these projects and the communities they benefit.'"

— Michael Harrington, Sandusky Register

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