Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), and the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) staff on March 8 filed with the OPSB a joint stipulation and recommendation, calling for approval of a transmission line in Paulding County, Ohio.
As noted in the filing, the proposed facility consists of a 2.9-mile, 138-kV transmission line and associated laydown yard in Benton and Blue Creek townships in Paulding County. The facility would be used to deliver up to 75.9 MW of power generated by the Timber Road IV Wind Farm to the regional power grid. Construction of the facility is expected to begin following the issuance of a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need, and be completed around October, the filing added.
The parties recommend that the OPSB issue the certificate subject to certain conditions, including that the facility be installed on the company’s preferred route, utilizing equipment, construction practices, and mitigation measures as presented in the application filed in October 2018, and supplemented on Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, as well as further clarified by recommendations in the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio staff’s Feb. 15 report and the stipulation.
As noted in the Feb. 15 staff report, Paulding Wind Farm – a wholly owned subsidiary of EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR) – proposes to develop, build, and operate the 138-kV Timber Road IV Transmission Facility in association with the proposed Timber Road IV Wind Farm.
The proposed line would begin at a collection substation and end where it connects to the existing Timber Road III 138-kV transmission line, staff added. The electricity would then be transported on the existing line to the point of interconnection (POI) at the existing Logtown substation.
A 150-foot right of way (ROW) is proposed by Paulding Wind Farm for the line, which would incorporate steel monopole structures for support. Staff added that Paulding Wind Farm also filed a supplement to the application to incorporate an H-frame structure along the Timber Road III transmission line, near the POI, to support metering and turbine voltage control equipment.
The preferred route would be about 2.9 miles long, and Paulding Wind Farm estimates that that route would require about 19 steel pole support structures, ranging in height from 100 feet to 130 feet. Staff added that the route would exit the Timber Road IV Wind Farm collection substation in a straight line east to west direction parallel to the north side of Township Road 52 until it meets the existing Timber Road III 138-kV transmission line. Paulding Wind Farm has secured all transmission line easements for the preferred route.
As noted in the March 8 stipulation, the conditions also include that the company is to conduct a preconstruction conference prior to the start of any construction activities; the certificate is to become invalid if the company has not started a continuous course of construction of the proposed facility within five years of the date of journalization of the certificate, unless the OPSB grants a waiver or an extension of time; and the company is to contact staff, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within 24 hours if state- or federal-listed species are encountered during construction activities.
Among other things, the filing noted that an evidentiary hearing will be held on March 19 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio.