Farming company appeals Ohio approval for 6011 Greenwich Windpark project

Omega Crop Co. LLC, a locally-owned company with neighboring property, on Oct. 23 filed a notice of appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court over Ohio Power Siting Board decisions on a 60-MW wind farm project of 6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC.

The appeal is over an Aug. 25, 2014, decision of the board to approve the project, and a decision from Aug. 27 of this year of a board decision to reject Omega Crop’s rehearing request.

While Omega said it made an appearance and sought to intervene in the proceeding, the board refused to permit Omega to intervene for the purpose of contesting the board’s jurisdiction to issue a certificate, contesting Greenwich’s application based on procedural and substantive grounds and contesting a stipulation and recommendation filed without reasonable notice or an opportunity to be heard.

Omega is a small farming business owned by Gerald and Connie Oney that owns property which is adjacent to the wind farm property. The appeal said, among other things, that:

  • the board’s order unreasonably and unlawfully issued a certificate to construct a large electricity-producing wind farm and associated facilities without imposing a condition requiring Greenwich to comprehensively comply with setback requirements;
  • the order unreasonably or unlawfully failed to address the issues and concerns submitted to the board through the board’s public comment portal; and
  • the order unreasonably and unlawfully denied Omega’s late-filed motion to intervene.

This 60-MW wind facility would be located 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.

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 facility would consist of up to 25 wind turbine generators. Each turbine will have a nameplate capacity of 2.4 MW, for a total capacity of 60 MW. The 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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