Ohio board to hold hearing on 138-kV line to connect wind projects

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to build an eight-mile transmission line to connect two wind power projects in Paulding County to the American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) grid, the OPSB said March 2.

The planned 138-kV transmission line would connect the Timber Road I and Timber Road III wind projects to AEP’s 138-kV Lincoln–Sterling transmission circuit, the OPSB said.

The wind projects are owned by Paulding Wind Farm III, a subsidiary of EDP Renewables North America, LLC, according to the OPSB.

The April 21 public hearing, to be held at Wayne Trace Junior-Senior High School, in Haviland, Ohio, will provide area residents an opportunity to testify about the Paulding Wind Farm III proposal to build the line, the OPSB said.

In a Feb. 22 order, the OPSB approved an application to transfer the certificate issued for the Timber Road I project from Paulding Wind Farm to Paulding Wind Farm III, according to PennWell’s GenerationHub. Paulding Wind Farm III intends to construct the two Timber Road wind projects simultaneously, with both projects sharing a substation, overhead transmission line and point of interconnection to the regional grid, the OPSB said in the Feb. 22 order.

The two wind projects would have a combined capacity of 100.8 MW, according to GenerationHub.

The planned line, dubbed the Timber Road III Transmission Line, and associated interconnection switchyard would be in Benton and Harrison townships, in Paulding County, the OPSB said.

The wind projects’ collection line substation would be located along Road 124, just west of the intersection with Road 33 in Harrison Township, and the transmission line would run south from the substation to the AEP Lincoln–Sterling circuit, where the switchyard would be constructed.