Ohio board approves extra three years to build two wind projects

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Nov. 24 approved three-year extensions for construction of two related wind projects in Paulding County, Ohio.

In August 2010, the board had approved for Paulding Wind Farm LLC a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct a 48.6-MW wind facility in Paulding County. The order provided that the certificate shall become invalid if Paulding Wind has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the facility within five years of the issuance of the certificate.

On Sept. 12, Paulding Wind filed a motion to extend the term of the certificate authorized in the August 2010 order for a period of 36 months. In support of this motion, Paulding Wind noted that market forces beyond its control have been largely responsible for the delay in the development of the facility. Further, Paulding Wind stated that suppressed electricity prices undercut Paulding Wind’s ability to enter into a purchase power agreement for the project’s energy and renewable energy credits at a price sufficient to support the financing of the project. In addition, Paulding Wind said that the electric generation market has experienced other changes recently including the expected retirement of several coal plants in the near term and generation capacity is anticipated to be needed for Ohio and the region.

Paulding Wind noted that the board previously considered and granted a certificate extension request from Hardin Wind Energy LLC citing the same market forces as cause for delays in its construction of that wind farm.

The board found that Paulding Wind’s motion to extend the term of the certificate is reasonable and should be granted. So it approved Paulding Wind’s motion to extend the term of its certificate for a period of 36 months to Aug. 23, 2018.

In November 2010, the board had approved a certificate for Paulding Wind Farm II LLC for a 150.4-MW wind facility, consisting of up to 98 wind turbines, in Paulding County. The order provided that the certificate shall become invalid if Paulding Wind II has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the facility within five years of the issuance of the certificate.

In February 2011, the board issued an entry in this case bifurcating the certificate into two phases: Phase I consisting of up to 55 turbine locations and Phase II consisting of up to 37 turbine locations and transferring Phase II of the certificate to Paulding Wind Farm III LLC.

On Sept. 12, Paulding Wind III filed a motion to extend the term of the certificate authorized in the November 2010 order for a period of 36 months, to Nov. 18, 2018. It cited the same factors as in the Paulding Wind Farm application, with the board granting its approval on Nov. 24.

Incidentally, Paulding Wind Farm II earlier this decade built its end of the project. The parent of these companies is EDP Renewables North America LLC.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.