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Published: Sunday, 3/18/2012

SW Ohio wind project faces hurdles

Taxes, road issues challenge creation of 54 turbines


URBANA, Ohio — A project that would build at least 54 wind turbines in southwest Ohio faces hurdles despite a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling in its favor.

The court this month essentially validated regulators’ approval of the Champaign County project. The Springfield News-Sun reports that the $20 million Buckeye Wind project now must work through issues including taxes and roads.

The company in charge of Buckeye Wind says tax abatement is needed for it to continue.

County officials welcome the revenue that could be generated for the county, townships and school districts. But some are concerned about property values and county responsibilities if the project fails.

Buckeye Wind says conditions set by the Ohio Power Siting Board protect the public.

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