Ohio, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] National Wind LLC, announced the formation of Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC, a community wind development company in Paulding and Van Wert Counties in Ohio. A group of area landowners and investors previously organized as Ohio Wind Energy LLC, joined with National Wind, and the local community to form Northwest Ohio Wind Energy.
Northwest Ohio Wind Energy, managed by National Wind, plans to develop 300 megawatts (MW) of wind power projects in Paulding and Van Wert Counties in northwestern Ohio and has already started signing leases with local landowners.
Ohio has only 7 megawatts (MW) of wind power projects currently installed, while neighboring states to the east and west each have more than 100 MW of operating wind projects. New legislation, however, is stimulating great interest in wind energy in Ohio.
In May 2008, the State of Ohio passed an Alternative Energy Resource Standard, which went into effect on January 1, 2009. By 2025, utilities and electric service companies in the state of Ohio will have to procure at least 25% of their retail electricity supply from alternative energy resources. Northwest Ohio Wind Energy hopes to help utilities in the state meet the standard’s requirements by developing 300 MW of community-owned renewable energy in Ohio.