Hog Creek Wind Farm LLC on Aug. 24 won an interim approval from an administrative law judge at the Ohio Power Siting Board for extra time to build its wind project in Hardin County, Ohio.
In August 2011, the Ohio board approved the project, with the stipulation that Hog Creek’s certificate would become invalid if Hog Creek did not commence a continuous course of construction of the facility within five years of the date of the journalization of the certificate, i.e., Aug. 29, 2016.
On May 4 of this year, Hog Creek requested that the board extend the authorization to March 22, 2018. Hog Creek explained that the construction delay is attributable to the challenges of obtaining a power purchase agreement and the exit of Hog Creek’s original owner, Juwi Great Lakes LLC, from the United States market. Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) purchased the project from Juwi in February 2016. Since then, Hog Creek reports that considerable progress has been made.
Hog Creek stated that it has contacted all parties of record, including the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the only intervenor, and has determined that there is no objection to the issuance of an expedited ruling.
Said the Aug. 24 order: “Upon consideration of the reasons set forth in Hog Creek’s motion, the administrative law judge finds that Hog Creek’s certificate should be extended for the limited purpose of affording the Board additional time to consider the motion for extension.”
This certificate allows the company to construct a 16 MW to 18.4 MW wind farm consisting of 8–10 wind turbines in Washington Township, Hardin County, called the Hog Creek II Wind Farm. The deadline extension it is seeking for this project would match an extension already given by the board for the nearby Hog Creek I Wind Farm project. RES Americas is working with the board to combine the two projects.