Ohio board staff recommends approval of 100-MW wind project

Ahead of an Oct. 30 adjudicatory hearing on a site permit application, the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board has issued a report on the 100-MW project of Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC, which is a unit of Trishe Wind Energy Holdings.

A local public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22. The company on March 15 filed a pre-application notice with the board, which is an adjunct of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and the full application on May 24.

The proposed project involves the construction and operation of the Northwest Ohio Wind Farm comprised of up to 59 wind turbines each with a nameplate capacity of 1.7 MW to 2.0 MW. The applicant has proposed 60 turbine locations but may not construct turbines at all locations, depending on the generating capacity of the chosen turbine model. The project would have an aggregate generating capacity of up to 100 MW with an annual energy production of approximately 370,000 megawatt-hours (MWh).

The project area covers 12,750 acres of leased land in in Blue Creek and Latty townships in Paulding County, near the villages of Haviland and Grover Hill.

The Northwest Ohio Wind Farm is designed to accommodate three possible turbines depending on availability and cost at the time of purchase. The proposed turbines are the Vestas V100, General Electric 1.7-100, and the Gamesa G114. The applicant proposed to use: 56 Vestas model V100 turbines, which are rated at 1.8 MW; 59 GE 1.7-100 turbines, which are rated at 1.7 MW; or 50 Gamesa G114 turbines, which are rated at 2.0 MW.

An electric collection system would be installed to transfer energy from the wind turbines to the step-up transformer facility and connect to American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Haviland Substation and ultimately to the transmission grid. The 34.5-kV collection system would consist of approximately 31 miles of underground cable buried to a minimum depth of 36 inches. The step-up transformer facility would be located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 114 and Township Road 107.

The Oct. 7 staff report finds the project to be acceptable in various aspects, like environmental impact and maximum noise standards. Staff recommends that the board find that the proposed facility would serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.

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