Ohio board grants two extra years for Black Fork Wind project

Black Fork Wind Energy LLC was approved March 24 by the Ohio Power Siting Board for a two-year deadline extension to build its project.

In 2011, Black Fork filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Black Fork Wind Energy Project in Crawford and Richland counties, Ohio, consisting, in part, of up to 91 wind turbines, access roads, an electric collection substation, and an underground electric collection system. The application was approved in 2012.

In 2014, Black Fork filed a motion in this case seeking to have the board extend the term of its certificate for two additional years, from January 23, 2017, to January 23, 2019, Black Fork argues that the extension requested is warranted for two reasons: to recoup the nearly two years of construction time that was lost while the intervenors’ appeal was under consideration by a state court; and also because Black Fork’s ability to proceed with the project has been hampered by recent energy market changes in Ohio.

In the March 24 decision, the board overrode intervenor objections and granted Black Fork’s request to extend the term of its certificate for two additional years, from January 23, 2017, to January 23, 2019, is granted.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.