Firelands Wind, LLC on May 9 filed a preapplication notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board regarding its proposed 345-kV, approximately nine-mile, overhead transmission line to be located in Lyme, Ridgefield, and Oxford townships in Huron and Erie counties in Ohio.
The purpose of the line is to support the Emerson Creek Project, which is pending before the OPSB in Case No. 18-1607-EL-BGN. Firelands Wind added that the proposed line would run from the Emerson Creek Project to the point of interconnection along the Davis-Besse-Beaver 345-kV transmission line.
According to the Jan. 31 application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build the Emerson Creek Wind Farm, the wind facility would consist of up to 87 wind turbine generators, along with access roads, electric collection cables, a facility substation, a laydown yard for construction staging, an operations and maintenance facility, and up to three meteorological towers. The electricity generated by the wind facility would be transferred to the transmission grid operated by PJM Interconnection for sale at wholesale or under a power purchase agreement, the application said. It is anticipated that the certificate would be issued in 3Q19, the application noted, adding that construction is anticipated to begin in 1Q20, and be completed within 12 months, at which point the facility would be placed in service.
According to the May 9 filing, construction of the line is estimated to begin in 3Q20, and be completed in 3Q21.
A public information meeting will be held on May 30 in Bellevue, Ohio, Firelands Wind added, noting that it anticipates filing its application with the OPSB within 90 days after the meeting.
Firelands Wind said that it anticipates requesting a waiver of, for instance, the requirement that the proposed route alternatives have no more than 20% of the routes in common.
According to the Jan. 31 application, Firelands Wind is an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy Holdings, LLC.