Could BigWind be planning a move next to you? Visit the link, below, which is the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. Pending applications for approval of wind turbines are listed here. The FAA has three categories: 1) Proposed; 2) Interim and 3) Determined. As of today, there are seven cases involving 22 industrial wind turbines under review by the FAA. These may include cases not currently under review by the Ohio Power Siting Board because they may fall below the size threshold which triggers OPSB review. For instance, there is one turbine proposed for a rural area near Celina in Mercer County. It appears that the turbine may be intended to support a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feed Operation). Notwithstanding, there are smaller homes in the area that are very close to the proposed turbine. Do the neighbors know? What protects them?
There are two new FAA applications in the Findlay area each for 2 turbines. In Darke County near Greenville two rows of three turbines are proposed. Nowhere has this project surfaced previously. The turbines are 410 feet tall and presumably they would be more than 1 MW each thus crossing the threshold required for OPSB consideration but there is nothing pending at OPSB for Darke County. Why not? Other projects include Leipsic (2 turbines), McComb (2 turbines) and more. All readers should visit the FAA website for additional information.
The FAA follows federal regulations in determining whether a hazard to navigation may be present. Portions of the regulations are provided below to introduce readers to aspects of the FAA evaluation process. More information may be obtained by following the link below or googling “FAA obstruction”.
Also of interest, the U.S. Department of Energy reports Ohio ranks in the top ten for distributed wind energy. If the FAA reports discussed about is any indicator, it looks like Ohio will move up in the rankings with more manufacturers building on-site wind. But we were disturbed by the quotes from Patrick Gilman, a program manager with the Wind Energy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Gilman said wind energy is expected to keep growing in Ohio and across the nation despite legislative obstacles and opposition from certain sects of the population. He also repeated the bad info about Ohio’s setbacks being more restrictive than other states. Does AWEA have a D.O.E. employee on the payroll?