Ohio board again rejects rehearing request for 60-MW Greenwich Windpark project

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Nov. 12 rejected a second rehearing request from Omega Crop Co. LLC, a locally-owned farming company, over its approval of a project of 6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC in Greenwich Township, Huron County, Ohio.

Said the board’s Nov. 12 ruling: “Initially, the Board emphasizes that Omega’s late-filed intervention request was properly denied in our Order and such ruling was affirmed in the First Entry on Rehearing. Therefore, Omega is not a party to this proceeding. In our First Entry on Rehearing, we expressly limited the scope of Omega’s first application for rehearing to the issue of the Board’s denial of Omega’s late-filed motion to intervene. Notwithstanding this determination, as is Board practice, we reviewed the other arguments raised by Omega and found no merit; therefore, further review of those arguments is neither warranted nor appropriate. Accordingly, we find no merit to Omega’s second application for rehearing and it should be denied.”

Omega Crop on Oct. 23 filed a notice of appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court over the board’s decisions on this 60-MW wind farm project. 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 first 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.

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.”

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