Republic Wind to seek approval of 138-kV transmission line in Seneca County, Ohio

Republic Wind said that it plans to hold a public information meeting about the project on May 29 in Green Springs, Ohio

Republic Wind, LLC on May 14 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board a pre-application notification letter regarding the company’s proposal to develop, build, and operate the 138-kV Republic Wind Transmission Line in Seneca County, Ohio.

As noted in the filing, the project would also include a point of interconnection (POI) substation adjacent to the existing Fremont Center-Tiffin Center 138-kV transmission line.

Republic Wind said that the approximately 7-8-mile line is needed to connect the proposed Republic Wind electric generation project to the electric grid. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the middle of – or late – 2020, and be completed before summer 2021.

Republic Wind also said that it plans to hold a public information meeting on May 29 in Green Springs, Ohio.

According to an OPSB administrative law judge filing entered on April 26 in the proceeding involving Republic Wind’s application for a certificate to site wind-powered electric generation facilities in Seneca and Sandusky counties in Ohio, Republic Wind in February 2018 filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build between 55 and 58 wind turbine generators, each with a nameplate capacity rating of 3.3 MW to 3.63 MW, depending on the final turbine model selected. The total generating capacity of the facility would not exceed 200 MW, the ALJ said.

Republic Wind in December 2018 filed an amended application and a motion for a procedural schedule, requesting that hearings be rescheduled within 90 days from the date of the filing of the amended application. The ALJ also said that Republic Wind and regulatory staff last month filed a joint motion to suspend the procedural schedule and a request for an expedited ruling. Republic Wind and staff requested that the procedural schedule be suspended and the deadline for the filing of the staff report be extended by 90 days. The ALJ added that Republic Wind and staff said that the suspension of the procedural schedule would not negatively impact any party to the proceeding and would ensure that Republic Wind would have sufficient time to provide staff with the information to complete its report.

The ALJ said that it grants the motion and tolls the filing of the staff report until July 25. The ALJ further noted that a local public hearing scheduled to convene in May, as well as an adjudicatory hearing scheduled to convene in June, are canceled.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.