Wind-energy swells in Ohio amid uncertainty
COLUMBUS — Ohio nearly quadrupled its ability to generate power from wind in 2012, part of a record year for the U.S. wind industry, but a review of state renewable-energy requirements places future growth in doubt. The growth in Ohio was almost all from one project, the 305-megawatt Blue Creek Wind Farm in Paulding and Van Wert counties, which went online about a year ago. It brings the state’s total to 428 megawatts. The figures are part of a report issued by the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group. Ohio’s ability to produce energy from wind now ranks 26th out of the 40 states that have at least one utility-scale project. Michigan ranks 16th with a total of 988 megawatts. The report does not include smaller-scale projects serving homes and businesses.