An administrative law judge at the Ohio Power Siting Board on Sept. 17 agreed to combine three related cases for the 300-MW Hardin Wind LLC project in Hardin and Logan counties into one case for board consideration.
On June 28, Hardin Wind filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to site a 300-MW facility called the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Hardin and Logan counties.
On Aug. 27, Hardin filed pre-application notification letters regarding its application to construct a point of interconnect switchyard to interconnect to the East Lima-Marysville 345 kV circuit and its application to construct a 345 kV transmission line to interconnect its wind facility to the East Lima-Marysville 345 kV circuit. On Aug. 29, Hardin filed a motion to consolidate these cases for purposes of all public hearings, evidentiary hearings, public notices, and any other reasons deemed necessary and helpful by the board. Hardin also requested an expedited ruling.
“Hardin states that good cause exists to grant this motion, as the transmission line and switchyard projects are only being constructed for purposes of connecting the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm generating facility to the existing American Electric Power (AEP) East Lima-Marysville 345 kV circuit,” the judge noted. “Hardin claims the consolidation will avoid separate evidentiary hearings, separate landowner mailings, and multiple separate public notices and will result in less resources expended by both the Board and Hardin and less confusion to the public.”
Hardin Wind is a wholly owned subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings.