Ohio adds first wind plant
Particularly with a burgeoning clean energy manufacturing sector, Ohio has steadily increased its investment in renewable electricity. Now CleanTechnica reports that the state has opened its first commercial wind farm.
EDP Renewables North America, a domestic branch of a Spanish renewables company, has opened up the Timber Road II Wind Farm outside of Payne, Ohio, in the northwestern part of the state. The new power plant boasts 55 turbines, each capable of producing as much as 1.8 megawatts of electricity, or as much as 99 megawatts in total. The plant should eventually produce enough electricity to power 27,000 homes.
Though EDP is a foreign firm, the turbines they used were made of more than 60 percent domestically-produced parts.
EDP's Gabriel Alonso told the Times-Bulletin that the deciding factor in locating the new plant was not just electricity prices, but renewable electricity policies. Ohio has laid out strict standards for the state's utility companies, requiring one-quarter of all electricity sold in the state to eventually come from renewable sources.
U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that Ohio drew more than 65 percent of its electricity from coal in 2009, with most of the remainder coming from natural gas.