6011 Greenwich Windpark project changes up for May 19 Ohio board action

The Ohio Power Siting Board at its May 19 meeting is due to look at a November 2015 amendment request from 6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC that would add three new turbine models for its 60-MW project.

In August 2014, the board authorized 6011 Greenwich Windpark to construct a wind farm consisting of up to 25 turbine sites with a combined generation capacity of 60 MW.

In the pending application, the company is proposing to add three turbine models for potential operation in this project: the Gamesa G114 (2.5 MW), the General Electric 2.5-120 (2.5 MW), and the GE 2.3-116 (2.3 MW). The overall project nameplate capacity of 60 MW approved in the original case would not change. Likewise, the locations of the project’s associated facilities, including access roads, collector lines, substation, transmission line tie-in, concrete batch plant, and operation and maintenance facility remain unchanged.

In its November 2015 amendment application, Greenwich requested the board approve the addition of three turbine models—Gamesa G114 model, GE 2.5-120 model and Goldwind GW121 model. In a March 22 supplement to that application, Greenwich withdrew the Goldwind GW121 model, and requested that it be replaced with the GE 2.3-116 model.

Board staff on April 22 recommended approval of the amendment, writing: “Staff’s review of the Applicant’s request regarding the three proposed turbine models focuses solely on the potential impacts associated with the turbine models and whether the proposed turbine models impact any of the stipulated conditions or result in a material increase in environmental impact when compared to the original project. The proposed addition of three turbine models to the list of authorized turbine models would not require a change in location of any turbine sites or non-turbine associated facilities. Staff finds, if any of the three proposed turbine models were selected, the original conditions of the certificate, in concert with the clarification made to Condition 16, are adequate to ensure that adverse environmental impacts would continue to be minimized for this project.”

6011 Greenwich Windpark is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA Ltd. and is certified to construct the Greenwich Wind Farm in Huron County, Ohio.  A project contact is: Monica Jensen, Windlab Developments USA Ltd., 927 Wing Street, Plymouth, MI 48170, Telephone: (734) 335-6219, monica.jensen@windlab.com.

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