Northwest Ohio Wind nears approval for 100-MW project

Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC has worked out a deal with the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board and with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation that should clear the way for board approval of its 100-MW wind project in Paulding County.

The deal was filed with the board on Oct. 28 as a joint stipulation and recommendation for approval of a siting permit for this project. It covers potential certification and construction of a wind farm comprised of up to 59 turbines, each with a nameplate capacity of 1.7 MW to 2.0 MW, and other associated facilities.

The proposed project area covers 12,750 acres of leased land in Blue Creek and Latty townships in Paulding County, near the villages of Haviland and Grover Hill. The project size is not to exceed a total net generating capacity of 100 MW. Construction of the facility is due to begin in December.

The parties recommend that the board issue the certificate of environmental compatibility and public need request by Northwest subject to various conditions, including:

  • the applicant shall utilize the equipment and construction practices as described in theapplication and as modified and/or clarified in supplemental filings, replies to data requests, and recommendations in this staff report of investigation;
  • the applicant shall implement the mitigation measures as described in the application and as modified and/or clarified in supplemental filings, replies to data requests, and recommendations in this staff report of investigation;
  • the applicant shall conduct a preconstruction conference prior to the start of any construction activities; and
  • the applicant shall develop a complaint resolution process that shall include procedures forresponding to complaints about excessive noise during construction, and excessive noise and excessive shadow flicker caused by operation of the facility. 

Northwest Ohio wind is a unit of Trishe Wind Energy HoldingsThe 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 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.

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 board’s website shows that the next board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 16.

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