Trishe Wind affiliate seeks Ohio approval for 100-MW wind farm

Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC on Aug. 8 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board an amended application on a site permit for a 100 MW (nameplate) wind project in northwestern Ohio.

The company had originally applied in May for this approval, with that version also covering a 100-MW facility. The application is for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need.

The wind farm would be located in portions of Blue Creek and Latty townships and the Village of Haviland in Paulding County. Trishe Wind Energy Holdings Inc. is the sole owner of Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC, and employs the services of its wholly-owned subsidiary, National Wind LLC, for the day-to-day development activities of the project. National Wind’s team has several thousand megawatts of wind development experience in the US and abroad, the amended application noted.

The general purpose of the facility is to produce clean and reliable renewable energy to utility customers though a power purchase agreement (PPA) and/or through merchant mechanisms with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed wholesale power purchaser, such as an energy company, an electric utility or a power marketer.

The applicant designed the facility to help Ohio meet the Ohio Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) set by law. The current Ohio AEPS requires that by 2025, at least 25% of the electricity in Ohio be generated by alternative energy resources. Of that 25%, at least half of the energy must come from renewable energy such as wind, and half of that must be generated within Ohio.

Applicant is proposing to install up to 59 wind turbines (depending on the nameplate capacity of the turbine selected), along with all associated infrastructure, including underground collection lines, access roads, voltage step-up facility, a temporary staging and construction laydown area, most probably a temporary concrete batch plant and an operation and maintenance facility.

The facility will interconnect to an existing 138-kV American Electric Power (AEP) transmission line which runs through the southern part of the project area. The point of interconnection (POI) is at the existing AEP Haviland substation, just south of Haviland.

Interconnection will be secured through an interconnection agreement with PJM Interconnection. Voltage from the 34.5-kV underground electrical collection system will be stepped up to 138 kV at a step-up transformer facility immediately adjacent to the Haviland substation, obviating the need for an overhead interconnection transmission line.

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