Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has announced that two Ohio wind projects have cleared a key federal hurdle and now have the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to proceed.
An Invenergy LLC meteorological tower and two wind turbines managed by Stamco Industries have all received clearance from the DOD. While the DOD does not have an official role in project approvals off of military facilities, the agency provides recommendations to Federal Aviation Administration and other land management agencies.
‘DOD's approval, in turn, will clear the way for the Federal Aviation Administration and other key agencies to move these projects forward and spur economic development and new manufacturing jobs in northern Ohio,’ says Brown.
According to the DOD, the new siting clearinghouse, which conducted the clearances, has completed a comprehensive review of 249 renewable energy projects proposed in 35 states and Puerto Rico, and found that 229 have little or no impact on military missions, thus clearing the way for more than 10 GW of renewable energy.