Republic Wind develops 192-MW project in northern Ohio

Republic Wind LLC is seeking a possible waiver from the Ohio Power Siting Board on a requirement related to geological studies for its 192-MW power project, to be located in Sandusky and Seneca counties.

Republic Wind said in a Nov. 8 filing with the board that its sole member and manager is Nordex USA Management LLC, which in turn is owned by Nordex USA Inc. Nordex USA Inc. is an ultimate subsidiary of Nordex SE, a German company that has many years of international experience in the wind power industry. In 1985 it began manufacturing wind turbines and in 2000 developed the first wind turbine with a capacity of 2.5 MW. It established its American subsidiary, Nordex USA Inc., in 2008 and has supplied more than 290 turbines to American wind farms.

It is also a developer of wind farms and by the end of 2012 will have constructed its first self-developed U.S. project, which will be 82 MW in size. The Republic Wind Farm would be the first Nordex wind farm in Ohio. Sandusky and Seneca counties are in northern Ohio, southeast of Toledo.

The proposed Republic Wind Farm will consist of up to 83 turbines expected to generate about 192 MW. The farm will have associated infrastructure, including access roads, electrical collection system, construction staging area, operations and maintenance facilities and substations. The wind turbine array will be spread across 15,000 acres of leased acres located in portions of four primarily agricultural townships in Seneca County (Adams, Reed, Scipio and Thompson) and York Township in Sandusky County.

Republic Wind is seeking waivers from certain requirements of state code governing wind applications. An expedited ruling on this motion is required in order for the company to complete an application to be filed with the board for this project. It plans to file that formal project application in December. Meeting this filing date is necessary to allow it to begin construction by second quarter 2014 so that the project can be in commercial operation by no later than the end of calendar year 2014.

Wind resource is extremely limited in Ohio, with only a handful of project sites able to support a utility-scale project, Republic Wind said. At the time Republic Wind files its application, it will have selected 25 sites which it believes to be representative of the type of areas where turbines, access roads and ancillary wind facilities will be located. Republic Wind plans to perform geological tests at each of the final turbine location sites later in the process.

Republic Wind is requesting a waiver because its representatives were not certain of the scope of the geological tests and cross sectional views the board staff expected to be included in the application. If the 10 test locations and cross sectional views it has in hand meet the requirements of the rule, Republic Wind’s waiver request on this requirement is unnecessary. However, to the extent that the rule requires more information and more cross sectional views, Republic Wind requests a waiver. “This type of waiver with the proposed deferral was granted in the Buckeye Wind, JW Great Lakes, Blue Creek, Paulding Wind; Paulding Wind II; and Black Fork, Glacier Ridge, Ashtabula, Leipsic, Honey Creek and Champaign cases,” the company noted.

The board plans a local public meeting about this project on Nov. 27 in Green Springs, Ohio, which is right on the line between Seneca and Sandusky counties.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.