There is some good news for wind power in Ohio’s House Bill 64 (HB 64), the biennial budget for the state’s FY2016–FY2017, but some renewable energy proponents aren’t sure it will be enough to bring new renewable projects to the state, Gongwer reports. Governor John Kasich “recently ratified a Senate amendment to the budget (HB 64) that would exempt certain wind farms that have already been certified for construction from increased setback requirements the legislature imposed last year (for more on this, see our June 18, 2014 blog post).” Dayna Baird, a lobbyist for the American Wind Energy Association said, “the 11 already-certified wind projects are unlikely to begin construction without changes to the setbacks.” The budget measure also extends a “‘payment in lieu of taxes’ (PILOT) program for renewable energy sources” that would have expired by the end of this year. Baird said, “PILOT programs are a win-win for everyone around it. . . .it keeps Ohio competitive from a tax standpoint so we can build projects here,” also noting that such programs provide revenue for local communities.