Ohio board rejects rehearing for 60-MW Greenwich Windpark project

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Aug. 27 rejected a rehearing request from Omega Crop Co. LLC of the board’s August 2014 approval of a certificate for 6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC to construct a 60-MW wind facility in Greenwich Township, Huron County, Ohio.

In December 2013, 6011 Greenwich Windpark had filed with the board this application. In August 2014, the board issued its order, which approved a stipulation entered into between Greenwich, board staff, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and in the process denied Omega’s late-filed motion to intervene in the case. Omega had protested the approval on various grounds, and the rejection of its late-filed intervention request, but the board on Aug. 27 upheld its decision on all grounds.

6011 Greenwich Windpark is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA Ltd. Windlab Systems Proprietary Ltd., a global wind energy development company based in Canberra, Australia, is the sole owner of Windlab.

The proposed facility would be located in Huron County, approximately 15 miles north of Mansfield. It will consist of up to 25 wind turbine generators, access roads, underground electrical interconnection, an interconnection substation, a laydown yard for construction staging, an operations and maintenance (O&M) facility, and two meteorological towers to be located in Greenwich Township, Huron County. Each turbine will have a nameplate capacity of 2.4 MW, for a total capacity of 60 MW.

The proposed facility will be connected at a single point of interconnection to the Greenwich-South Greenwich 69-kV transmission line owned by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

Said Windlab’s website for this project: “The Greenwich Windpark is a small wind energy project located 65 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio in Huron County. It is owned by Windlab Systems, an Australian owned renewable energy company. It is expected that the Greenwich Windpark will have up to 25 wind turbines converting wind energy into electricity for use by households and industry. The project received the Opinion, Order and Certificate from the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in August 2014.” The website said the project is estimated to achieve commercial operation in the 2015-2016 period.

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