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OPSB issues draft rules for siting wind farms

OPSB issues draft rules for siting wind farms

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 15, 2008) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today issued, for public comment, staff-proposed rules for the certification of electric generation wind facilities. The proposal addresses regulations including, but not limited to, erosion control, aesthetics, recreational land use, wildlife protection, interconnection with power lines, ice throw, sound and noise levels, blade sheer, shadow flicker and setback.

Stakeholders are encouraged to file written comments in response to the proposed rules by Sept. 29, 2008 and reply comments by Oct. 7, 2008. Following the comment period, the Board will consider the input of all stakeholders before adopting rules later this year. The rules will then be subject to review by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

Ohio House Bill 562, signed by Gov. Ted Strickland on June 24, 2008, directed the OPSB to adopt certification rules for the construction, operation and maintenance of electric generation wind facilities. The Board is responsible for certificating the siting of all electric generating facilities capable of generating 50 megawatts or more, including wind facilities. The new law extends OPSB siting authority to include wind facilities capable of generating between 5 and 50 megawatts of electricity.

In separate business today, the OPSB adopted changes to rules that govern several of the Board’s general procedures, including letter of notification requirements, legal notice of public informational meetings and environmental compliance reporting. These rule changes are subject to review by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review before taking effect.

Stakeholders should submit written comments in case number 08-1024-EL-ORD to: PUCO Docketing Division, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. More information, including a copy of the proposed wind certification rules and comments as they are filed, is available at under the “Pending Cases” heading.