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1-2 punch from legislature leaves EverPower rethinking Ohio investments

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Sen. Faber says decisions based on consumer, property owner rights

A succession of two legislative moves in the past two weeks has left EverPower Wind Holdings seriously considering its decision to invest in projects in Ohio.

But Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, who is a key legislator behind the changes says they are driven by concerns for the average utility consumers and property owners instead of the industrial electric providers.

EverPower has been approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board to build the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in northern Logan and southern Hardin counties and the Buckeye Wind Farm in eastern Champaign County, although both of the projects are in various phases of legal appeals.

“This is very troubling and we interpret it as a clear sign message that we ought to take our investment elsewhere,” EverPower Chief of Permitting and Public Policy Michael Speerschneider said.

In the first legislative change, the Senate added a line item to the midterm budget bill that changes the required setback distances of wind turbines to 1,125 feet from neighboring property lines.

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