DeWine signs bill giving commissioners ‘kill switch’ on wind, solar projects

Read the full story at the Ohio Capital Journal.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Monday giving county commissioners new powers to kill wind or solar projects early in their development.

No such power exists for local officials for coal mines or oil and gas wells, which are regulated at the state level.

If commissioners opt against scuttling a project entirely, Senate Bill 52 also allows them to block wind and solar developments in all or part of unincorporated areas in the county. However, citizens would have the right to canvass signatures and put the restricted development area resolution up for a popular vote.

It also gives locals two votes on projects within their jurisdiction atop the seven preexisting votes among Power Siting Board members.

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