Ohio board approves transfer of certificate for Paulding Wind project

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Feb. 22 approved a Dec. 9, 2015, application from Paulding Wind Farm LLC and Paulding Wind Farm III LLC to transfer the certificate issued in 2010 by the board for the Timber Road I Wind Farm from Paulding Wind Farm to Paulding Wind Farm III.

The board noted: “In support of its application, joint applicants state that Paulding Wind Farm III is certificated to construct phase II of the Timber Road II Wind Farm (known as Timber Road Wind Farm III) and Paulding Wind Farm III intends to construct the Timber Road I Wind Farm and the Timber Road III Wind Farm simultaneously, as both projects will share a project substation, an overhead transmission line, and one point of interconnection to the regional transmission grid. Joint applicants further contend that transferring the certificate from Paulding Wind Farm LLC to Paulding Wind Farm III will ensure that the projects are completed in the most cost-effective manner and allow for one  operator of both projects.”

Said the Dec. 9 application: “The proposed assignment of the Timber Road I Certificate between the Applicant and Paulding Wind Farm III (both subsidiaries of EDP Renewables North America LLC) is common in the wind industry. For example, turbines are placed across thousands of acres and it is common for financing and construction purposes to assign turbines to affiliates with a common parent.”

In August 2010, the board ordered that a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need be granted to Paulding Wind Farm LLC for the construction, operation and maintenance of a facility known as the Timber Road I Wind Farm. Paulding Wind Farm LLC and Paulding Wind Farm III LLC had requested that the OPSB approve the assignment of the certificate, including the 35 wind turbines and related infrastructure, to Paulding Wind Farm III.

The Timber Road I Wind Farm and Timber Road III Wind Farm would have a combined capacity of 100.8 MW.

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