Wind project in hands of power siting board


Local residents take concerns to Senate committee

The Ohio Power Siting Board now must decide whether the local 300-megawatt Scioto Ridge Wind Farm will move forward after a Wednesday hearing.

The board, which is an arm of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, conducted an evidentiary hearing in Columbus regarding Everpower’s application to install up to 176 wind turbines in Richland and Rushcreek townships in northern Logan County and McDonald, Taylor Creek and Roundhead townships in southern Hardin County.

While the hearing was open to the public, only Everpower’s legal representatives and those who had filed as interveners, which included Belle Center area resident Joseph Grant and the Ohio Farm Bureau, were allowed to present evidence at the hearing.

The testimony presented by residents and other interested parties at the public hearing conducted in Kenton two weeks ago was submitted as part of the record for Wednesday’s legal hearing. Those comments will be considered when the siting board makes its final decision, which will likely come sometime this spring.

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