Ohio panel to consider extending certificate for Paulding Wind project

The Ohio Power Siting Board is considering whether to extend the certification for a wind energy project from 2015 until 2018.

The board will meet Nov. 24 in Columbus and consider a request from Paulding Wind Farm, LLC, which hopes to build a wind project in Paulding County, Ohio. The board will be considering the company’s motion to extend the term of the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need by three years.

Paulding is proposing to extend its certificate from Aug. 23, 2015 until Aug. 23, 2018, according to a document on file with the board.

An application filed with the board said that market forces have hindered its ability to enter into a long-term power purchase agreement for the project’s energy and renewable energy credits.

The Paulding motion said that many coal plants in the region are expected to retire in the near term.

In early 2010, Paulding Wind filed an application with the board for a wind project on Timber Road that would be able to generate about 49 MW. The certificate was granted in August 2010.

Paulding Wind also argues that board precedent supports granting its extension request.



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