The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board on May 10 filed a report recommending approval of a petition by Trishe Wind Ohio LLC to add three new wind turbine models as approved systems for its 100-MW wind project.
In December 2013, the board authorized Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC to construct a projet of up to 60 turbine sites with a combined generation capacity of 100 MW. In August 2014, Trishe Wind Ohio filed an application to transfer the certificate from Northwest Ohio Wind Energy.
In this current application, Trishe is proposing to add three turbine models for potential operation in this unbuilt project: the General Electric 2.3-116 (2.3 MW), the Vestas V110 (2.1 MW), and the Vestas V126 (3.45 MW). The applicant is also considering two different tower designs for both the GE 2.3-116 and Vestas V110. The different tower designs would result in the GE 2.3-116 with a hub height of either 80 or 94 meters and the Vestas V110 with a hub height of either 80 or 95 meters.
The board approved the Gamesa G114 (2.0 MW) in the original case and the applicant proposes in this application to increase the output for this turbine model to 2.1 MW as a result of a software upgrade. The dimensions of the Gamesa G114 would not change. Staff has determined that the environmental impacts associated with this turbine model have not changed as a result of the software upgrade.
The 100 MW nameplate capacity for the project would not change. Trishe stated that the total output of the facility would be limited to 100 MW both through fully automatic, software based controls offered by each manufacturer as well as the interconnection agreement. The location of the project’s remaining associated facilities, including access roads, collector lines, substation, transmission line tie-in, concrete batch plant, and the operation and maintenance facility would remain unchanged.
Said the May 10 report: “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 any substantial change in location of any turbine sites or non-turbine associated facilities. Staff finds, if any of the three proposed turbine models is selected, the original conditions of the certificate are adequate to ensure that adverse environmental impacts would continue to be minimized for this project.”
Trishe Wind Ohio applied Feb. 18 for the change for this project, to be located in portions of Blue Creek and Latty townships and the Village of Haviland in Paulding County. Trishe Wind Ohio is controlled by affiliates of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC. The facility, called the Northwest Ohio Wind Energy Farm, will be located within an approximately 21,000-acre area.
The facility will interconnect to an existing 138-kV American Electric Power (AEP) transmission line which runs through the southern part of the project area. The point of interconnection (POI) is at the existing AEP Haviland substation, just south of Haviland. Interconnection is secured through an interconnection agreement with PJM Interconnection.
The project schedule as of the Feb. 18 application was:
- Production tax credit (PTC) equity investment – December 2014;
- Turbine down payment – June 2016;
- Construction crew mobilization – July 2016;
- Electric backfeed – April 2017; and
- Commercial operation – July 2017.
A project contact is: Matthias Weigel, Trishe Wind Ohio LLC, 706 Second Avenue South, Suite 1200, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Telephone: (612) 226-7936, firstname.lastname@example.org.