Ohio board okays changes for 66-MW Hog Creek Wind project

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Nov. 29 approved some recent changes for two Hog Creek wind projects, including the merger of the two separately-approved projects under one site certificate.

In March 2010, the board granted the application of JW Great Lakes Wind LLC (JWGL) for a certificate to construct Hog Creek I, a wind facility in Hardin County, Ohio, consisting of up to 27 turbine sites with a combined generation capacity of 48.6 MW. In July 2010, the board authorized the transfer of the certificate from JWGL to Hog Creek Wind Farm LLC. In July 2011, the board approved an amendment permitting Hog Creek to add new turbine models, thereby increasing the total nameplate capacity to 49.6 MW. In November 2011, the board okayed the use of additional turbine models, increasing the nameplate capacity of the project up to 52.5 MW. Subsequently, on March 9, 2015, the board extended the term of the Hog Creek I certificate to March 22, 2018.

In August 2011, the board approved Hog Creek Wind Farm LLC to construct Hog Creek II with a nameplate capacity of 18.4 MW. On Oct. 25, 2016, the board extended the term of the certificate for Hog Creek II to March 22, 2018, to match the expiration date of the certificate for Hog Creek I. In November 2011, the board approved an amendment adding turbine models.

On June 22, 2016, Hog Creek Wind Farm filed applications for authorization to merge the certificate authority first granted for Hog Creek I and Hog Creek II. Under the combined project, Hog Creek proposes to focus on only one turbine model that reflects updated technology, decrease the total nameplate capacity of the combined project, adjust turbine sites, and adjust access road and underground electric connection locatiorrs accordingly.

The company is eliminating turbine options as previously approved and amended in Hog Creek I and Hog Creek II and is considering a new model, the Vestas V110 2.2 MW turbine model, as the only approved turbine model thereby reducing the number of turbines from 41 to 30. It is also decreasing the total nameplate capacity of the combined project from a maximum of 70.9 MW to a maximum of 66 MW.

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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