Ohio board sets hearings in 2020 for Firelands Wind project, Republic Wind’s transmission line

Firelands Wind, for instance, proposes to build up to 71 wind turbines at 87 possible locations with a maximum total generating capacity of about 297.66 MW, the board said

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Dec. 23 said that it has scheduled a local public hearing to be held on March 17, 2020, in Bellevue, Ohio, to allow interested persons, who are not parties to the case (case number 18-1607-EL-BGN), to provide sworn testimony regarding Firelands Wind, LLC’s proposal to build the Emerson Creek Wind Farm in Erie and Huron counties.

Firelands Wind proposes to build up to 71 wind turbines at 87 possible locations with a maximum total generating capacity of about 297.66 MW, the board said, noting that the facility would be located in Groton and Oxford townships in Erie County, as well as in Lyme, Norwich, Richmond, Ridgefield, and Sherman townships in Huron County.

An adjudicatory hearing will begin on April 14, 2020, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio, in order for Firelands Wind, board staff, and parties to the case to present evidence regarding the facility, the board said.

In other board news, the board on Dec. 18 said that it has scheduled a local public hearing to be held on Feb. 26, 2020, in Tiffin, Ohio, to allow interested persons, who are not parties to the case (case number 19-1066-EL-BTX), to provide sworn testimony regarding Republic Wind, LLC’s proposal to build an electric transmission line to connect the proposed Republic Wind Farm to the electric grid.

The board noted that as proposed, the project entails a 7.2-mile, 138-kV electric transmission line and a point of interconnection substation located in Pleasant and Adams townships in Seneca County.

The proposed wind farm, pending separately in case number 17-2295-EL-BGN, would consist of up to 47 wind turbines located in Adams, Reed, Scipio, and Thompson townships in Seneca County, as well as in York Township in Sandusky County, the board said, adding that the wind farm would have a total generating capacity of up to 200 MW.

An adjudicatory hearing will begin on March 11, 2020, at the commission’s offices in order for Republic Wind, board staff, and parties to the case to present evidence regarding the transmission line, the board said.