The Ohio Power Siting Board plans an Oct. 22 local public hearing and an Oct. 30 adjudicatory hearing at its offices in Columbus on an Aug. 8 application from Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC for a site permit on a 100 MW (nameplate) wind project.
The company had originally applied in May for this approval, with that version also covering a 100-MW facility, then filed an amended application on Aug. 8. The application is for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need. The company on Oct. 1 filed new information with the board about things like developing a needed cultural resources avoidance plan.
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.
The applicant designed the facility to help Ohio meet the Ohio Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS). 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 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.