RES Americas buys Hog Creek Wind project in Ohio

An April 28 courtesy letter was sent to the Ohio Power Siting Board saying that the ownership of Hog Creek Wind Farm LLC has changed as of February 2016.

“Hog Creek is now indirectly owned and controlled by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (‘RES Americas’),” said the letter. “RES Americas is one of the top renewable energy companies in North America. RES Americas has been active in North America since 1997, and has a renewable energy and storage construction portfolio that exceeds 7,500 MW and over 80 projects, as well as 600 miles of transmission lines.

“Because this transaction at the ownership level of Hog Creek is not a transfer of the certificate as contemplated by Ohio Revised Code Section 4906.04, no application is required. This letter is provided as a courtesy so that the Board will have current information on the personnel involved with the project. The primary point of contact for the RES Americas team for the Hog Creek project is Mason Sorenson, Senior Development Manager, at (612) 455-8442 or mason.sorenson@res-americas.com.”

The board in March 2015 had approved an extended construction deadline for Hog Creek Wind Farm LLC to build its approximately 50-MW wind project in Hardin County, Ohio. In 2009, JW Great Lakes Wind LLC (JWGL) filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct this wind facility. A March 2010 board approval provided that the certificate will become invalid if JWGL has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the facility within five years of the issuance of the certificate. In 2010, the board granted an application filed by JWGL and Hog Creek Wind Farm to transfer all of the assets of the project, including the certificate, permits, and other authorizations pertaining to the facility, from JWGL to Hog Creek.

In February 2015, Hog Creek filed a motion to extend the term of the certificate for a period of 36 months. Hog Creek noted that market forces beyond its control have been largely responsible for the delay in the development of the facility. Hog Creek said that suppressed electricity prices undercut its ability to enter into a purchase power agreement for the project’s energy and renewable energy credits at a price sufficient to support the financing of the project. Additionally, Hog Creek argued that its significant and continued investment in the project demonstrates its commitment to the project’s completion. No party opposed Hog Creek’s motion.

The board granted Hog Creek’s motion to extend its certificate for 36 months to March 22, 2018.

The 2010 request to transfer the certificate to Hog Creek said that the sole managing member of Hog Creek was at that point JW Great Lakes Wind LLC, which was a wholly-owned subsidiary of juwi Wind GmbH.

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