RES Americas wants to combine two Hog Creek Wind projects in Ohio

Hog Creek Wind Farm LLC, an affiliate of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), applied June 22 at the Ohio Power Siting Board for a third amendment to a site certificate for a wind project in Hardin County, Ohio.

The company is certified to construct the Hog Creek I Wind Farm in Hardin County. The original application was filed in 2009 by JW Great Lakes Wind LLC (JWGL). In March 2010, the board approved the construction of a 47.5 MW to 48.6 MW wind farm consisting of 19 to 27 wind turbines. Project ownership was later changed to Hog Creek Wind.

  • The board approved a first amendment application in July 2011. That approval permitted the applicant to use the Vestas V100 and General Electric (GE) 1.6-100 turbines resulting in 31 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 49.6 MW.
  • In November 2011, the board approved a second amendment that authorized the applicant to use the Nordex N100 and REpower MM100 turbines, resulting in 19 to 31 turbines with an aggregate capacity of 46.8 to 52.5 MW, depending on the model used.

Subsequently, in March 2015, the board extended the term of the certificate to March 22, 2018.

The third amendment request filed June 22 seeks to: eliminate the turbine optionality, selecting a layout for only the Vestas Model V110 2.2 MW (Vestas V110), which is the updated version of the Vestas 100 (which was approved in the first amendment); adjust turbine locations as necessary to address applicable setbacks due to Ohio state law changes; and adjust access road and underground electric connection locations accordingly. Furthermore, the third amendment includes a request to merge this project’s certificate with the approvals associated with the adjacent and related Hog Creek II Wind Farm. A separate amendment, making the same request, has also been filed for the Hog Creek II Wind Farm.

Under this “Combined Project,” the third amendment would result in a slight decrease in the total nameplate capacity of the combined certificates from 70.9 MW to 66 MW.

Said the June 22 application: “The Applicant proposes to build the Combined Project using the Vestas Model V110 2.2 MW (Vestas V100) turbine. This turbine is a technology update of the Vestas V100, approved in the First Amendment. In Table 03-2, the Applicant compares the characteristics of the Vestas V110 to the Vestas V100, as well as to the two turbine models (Nordex N100 and REpower MM100) approved in the Second Amendment. With the new proposed turbine model, the total capacity of the Combined Project will not exceed 66 MW, and the total number of turbines in the originally certificated area (the Combined Project Area) will be reduced.”

The Combined Project is to be interconnected to AEP Ohio‘s 69-kV system at via a tap to the existing Ada-Dunkirk 69-kV transmission line at the Combined Project’s substation. The Combined Project substation will be adjacent to an AEP Ohio-owned switchyard where the existing 69-kV line will be rerouted into the switchyard to connect the Combined Project. This arrangement will not require any new transmission lines to be built. Hog Creek Wind has executed an Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) and Interconnection Construction Service Agreement (ICSA) with PJM Interconnection. PJM and AEP Ohio are preparing to re-study the Combined Project based on the change in wind turbine technology, with the results of the re-study expected in summer 2016.

Construction of the Combined Project is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016 in order for it to qualify for 100% of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC). The Combined Project is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.

A project contact is: Mason Sorenson, Renewable Energy Systems America Inc., 330 2nd Avenue South, Suite 820, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 455-8442, mason.sorenson@res-americas.com.

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