Champaign Wind pops cork on wind farm addition in Ohio

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) said Aug. 2 that will hold a public hearing in North Lewisburg, Ohio, on Oct. 25 to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about Champaign Wind LLC’s proposal to construct the Buckeye Wind II project in Champaign County.

The Buckeye Wind I farm was certified by the OPSB in March 2010. This second phase of the project, Buckeye Wind II, involves 56 wind turbines and associated facilities. The wind farm would also include an estimated 25 miles of access roads, underground and overhead electric collection cables, a facility substation and a permanent operations and maintenance building. The project area includes 13,500 acres of leased land in Goshen, Rush, Salem, Union, Urbana and Wayne townships.

The plan involves 56 wind turbines of 1.6 to 2.5 MW apiece (with a maximum generating capacity of 140 MW). The facility is expected to operate with an average annual capacity factor of 30%-35%, generating a total of 235,000 to 429,000 megawatt hours annually. The project will deliver power to a single point of interconnection on the Urbana-Mechanicsburg-Darby 138 kV Transmission Line.

The board’s adjudicatory hearing in this case will begin on Nov. 8 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

“The Buckeye Wind Project, being developed by EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., is a wind project that will provide Ohio with one of the cleanest, most environmentally friendly energy sources available,” said the project website. “EverPower has been working since 2006 to develop and harvest this natural energy source in Ohio and on April 24, 2009 became the first ever applicant for a commercial wind farm in Ohio. EverPower’s application to the Ohio Power Siting Board is the culmination of extensive planning, environmental assessment and dialogue with the federal and state agencies, as well as the Champaign County community.”

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