Governor Signs Solar and Wind Energy Siting Bill

Gov. Mike DeWine this week signed Senate Bill 52, controversial legislation that modifies Ohio’s siting process for renewable energy projects. Among other things, the new law allows county commissioners to designate all or part of an unincorporated area of the county as a restricted area to prohibit the construction of large-scale wind farms and solar facilities, according to an LSC summary.

During the bill’s consideration, the OMA opposed local differences in siting processes in favor of a statewide approach — overseen by the Ohio Power Siting Board — to ensure clarity, uniform policy, and economy of process. 7/12/2021