Trishe Wind Ohio seeks another change for up-to-100-MW project

Trishe Wind Ohio LLC, which is proposing to construct up to 100 MW in nameplate capacity of wind generation in northwestern Ohio, applied Aug. 5 at the Ohio Power Siting Board to take the number of turbine locations at its project back up to 60.

Trishe Wind Ohio is controlled by affiliates of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC.

The company applied on Feb. 18 of this year for the addifion of three turbine models to a site certificate issued by the board in December 2013. This was done so that the project could take advantage of newer, more efficient technology. As part of that amendment application, the applicant also proposed to remove ten of the originally-permitted 60 locafions, since no more than 50 locafions would be needed to support the proposed turbines.

Said the Aug. 5 application: “Due to certain potential changes in IRS safe harbor guidelines for the Federal Production Tax Credit, the 50 turbine configuration that was contemplated in the February amendment may need to be revised. Thus while it remains the case that no more than 50 turbine locations (and, potentially, as few as 29) will ultimately be used, the Applicant is hereby resubmitting its application with all 60 original locations, preserving Applicant’s flexibility to select the most optimal subset of locations in the final turbine layout. Applicant is also resubmitting the third party studies performed in the February amendment to conservatively model the impact of all 60 locations.”

The facility will be located within an approximately 21,000-acre project area in portions of Blue Creek and Latty townships and the Village of Haviland in Paulding County. Applicant is proposing to install up to 50 wind turbines which will be placed in a subset of the currently permitted 60 locations, along with all associated infrastructure, including underground collection lines, access roads, voltage step-up facility, a temporary staging and construction laydown area, possibly a temporary concrete batch plant and an operation and maintenance facility. The operation and maintenance facility may include either a new structure or an existing structure converted to that use.

The facility will interconnect to an exisfing 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, Ohio. Interconnection is secured through an interconnection agreement with PJM Interconnection.

The current project schedule is:

  • Turbine down payment – Late 2016;
  • Construction crew mobilization – Late 2016;
  • Electric backfeed – Fall 2017; and
  • Commercial operation date in December 2017.

The facility has been designed to accommodate the following turbine models:

  • Up to 50 Gamesa 2.1-MW turbines with 114-meter rotor diameter, 93-meter rotor hub height and 150-meter total height; or
  • Up to 50 General Electric (GE) 2.3-MW turbines with 116-meter rotor diameter, and either an 80-meter or 94-meter rotor hub height and 138-meter or 152-meter total height; or
  • Up to 50 Vestas 2.1-MW turbines with a 110-meter rotor diameter, and either an 80-meter or 95-meter rotor hub height and 135-meter or 150- meter total height; or
  • Up to 29 Vestas 3.45-MW turbines with a 126-meter rotor diameter, 87-meter rotor hub height and 150-meter total height.

A project contact is: Matthias Weigel, Trishe Wind Ohio LLC, 706 Second Avenue South, Suite 1200, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Telephone: (612) 226-7936, matthias.weigel@gmail.com.

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