Ohio board to decide Dec. 16 on 100-MW wind project

On the agenda for the Dec. 16 Ohio Power Siting Board meeting is one power production project, which is Northwest Ohio Wind LLC’s 100-MW wind project in Paulding County.

The proposed project may include up to 59 turbines comprising up to 100 MW of capacity. The other projects on the Dec. 16 agenda are transmission proposals.

Northwest Ohio Wind Energy has already worked out a deal with the staff of the board and with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which was filed with the board on Oct. 28 as a joint stipulation and recommendation for approval of the siting permit.

Northwest Ohio Wind is a unit of Trishe Wind Energy HoldingsAn 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 other new wind farm project subject to a pending application at the board, but not on the Dec. 16 meeting agenda, is the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm of Hardin Wind LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings. The 300-MW project would consist of up to 180 wind turbines and related equipment, including collection lines, access roads and a substation, to be located in the townships of Roundhead, McDonald, Lynn, and Taylor Creek in Hardin County and the townships of Richland and Rush Creek in Logan County.

A local public hearing on the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm project will be held on Jan. 8, 2014, at the Hardin County Courthouse. The adjudicatory hearing for the case has been scheduled for Jan. 22, 2014, at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio offices in Columbus. The board is an adjunct of the commission.

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