EDP affiliate seeks waivers from Ohio board on transmission line for wind projects

Paulding Wind Farm III LLC on Dec. 1 sought a waiver from the Ohio Power Siting Board from two rule requirements: one requiring the applicant to provide fully developed information on an alternate route for a 138-kV transmission line; and the other requiring submission of maps showing final grades after construction, including the site and access roads.

Paulding Wind Farm III said it will shortly be filing a full application to construct the Timber Road III Transmission Line with the associated Timber Road III Point of Interconnect (POI) Switchyard in Paulding County. Project developers routinely ask for waivers ahead of such an application with the board.

Paulding Wind Farm III, a wholly owned subsidiary of EDP Renewables North America LLC, filed on Oct. 9 at the board in this same docket a pre-application notice of its intention to file an application for a certificate to construct a 138-kV transmission line and an associated point of interconnect switchyard in Benton and Harrison townships, Paulding County.

The purpose of the transmission line and associated switchyard will be to support amendments to the collection line systems of Paulding Wind Farm I and III and to connect the collection line systems to the American Electric Power (AEP) 138-kV Lincoln-Sterling transmission circuit to supply electric energy to the PJM Interconnection grid. The transmission line will be a 138-kV overhead line, approximately eight miles long.

The Ohio board in November 2014 had approved three-year extensions for construction of two related wind projects in Paulding County.

  • In August 2010, the board had approved for Paulding Wind Farm LLC a certificate 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 within five years. Paulding Wind last year asked for the extension, citing market forces beyond its control. The board found that Paulding Wind’s motion to extend the term of the certificate was reasonable. So it approved Paulding Wind’s motion to extend the term of its certificate for 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 facility, consisting of up to 98 wind turbines. 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. In 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. It also transferred Phase II of the certificate to Paulding Wind Farm III. Paulding Wind III was approved to extend the term of the certificate authorized in the November 2010 order for 36 months, to Nov. 18, 2018. Paulding Wind Farm II earlier this decade built its end of the project.
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