Wind farm firm wants Ohio Legislature to ease setback rules

GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — A company planning to develop a wind farm in two rural Ohio counties says it won't build the $92 million project unless the state Legislature eases setback rules.

The Blade reports Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy says plans to develop a 66-turbine wind farm across Seneca and Sandusky counties are contingent on the relaxation of rules designed to protect nearby property owners from noise and vibration.

Current setback rules went into effect in 2014 after the Republican-led Legislature placed a two-year freeze on renewable energy mandates for power companies. The freeze expired last year, but legislation to ease setback rules remain in place. An effort to ease the rules has stalled in the Legislature.

Apex wants to build five wind farms across northern Ohio at a cost of $2.6 billion.