Ohio board approves siting of 100-MW wind project

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on Dec. 16 authorized Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC to construct a wind farm made of up to 59 turbines in Blue Creek and Latty townships in Paulding County, Ohio.

The Northwest Ohio Wind Farm will have a capacity of 100 MW, utilizing turbines with a nameplate capacity of 1.7 MW to 2.0 MW. The project covers 12,750 acres of leased land near the villages of Haviland and Grover Hill, north of the existing Blue Creek Wind Farm.

Northwest Ohio Wind Energy filed an application with the board for this Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need on May 24.

The OPSB’s Dec. 16 order authorizes the construction of the facility, subject to 40 pretty routine conditions outlined in the agreement. These conditions will ensure the sound construction and safe operation of the facility and mitigate impacts to local residents and ecological resources.

Trishe Wind Energy Holdings is the sole owner of Northwest and employs the services of its wholly-owned subsidiary, National Wind LLC, for the day-to-day development activities of the project. The applicant told the board that National Wind has several thousand megawatts of wind development experience in the U.S. and abroad.

This wind farm will interconnect to an existing 138-kV American Electric Power transmission line which runs through the southern part of the project area. The point of interconnection is at the existing Haviland substation, just south of Haviland, Ohio. Interconnection will be through an agreement with PJM Interconnection.

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