Wind and other renewable energy

Wind and other Renewable Energy

The full definition of a renewable energy resource may be found in section 4928.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. In general, a renewable energy resource is wind energy, solar photovoltaic or solar thermal energy, power produced by a hydroelectric facility, geothermal energy, or fuel derived from solid wastes.

If you are interested in installing a renewable energy resource for your own residential or business/institutional use, you will likely qualify for a net-metering customer billing option. For additional information, please refer to the PUCO’s renewable energy webpage.

Large wind facility siting

New wind farms with a capacity of 5 or more megawatts must obtain a siting certificate through the Ohio Power Siting Board. This unique siting process is made possible in Ohio because all seven entities involved with approving the siting application are seated at the same table: the chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, and a public member.


Wind Power FAQ

Wind rules

Stakeholder workshop on wind rules
On May 18, 2016, the OPSB initiated a new rulemaking docket in case number 16-1109-GE-BRO for the purpose of issuing for formal comment proposed revisions to Ohio Administrative Code 4906-4-08. A rulemaking kickoff workshop was held in Columbus on June 9, 2016. In the near future, the OPSB will issue proposed draft rules, and then a formal written comment-and-reply comment period among interested parties will begin. At the conclusion of the comment-and-reply comment period, the OPSB will issue final rules to be reviewed by the legislature before taking effect.

OPSB-approved wind projects

Ohio renewable energy resource generating facility certification

A portion of the electricity sold by each utility or electric services company within Ohio must be generated from renewable energy sources. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio certifies entities that are interested in becoming an Ohio renewable energy resource generating facility.