17-2516-EL-BGA and 17-2517-EL-BGA: Buckeye I Wind Farm and Buckeye II Wind Farm

Case Numbers: 17-2516-EL-BGA and 17-2517-EL-BGA
Projects: Buckeye I Wind Farm and Buckeye II Wind Farm
Applicants: Buckeye Wind LLC and Champaign Wind LLC
Location: Champaign County
Status: Staff investigation

In theses cases, the Applicants propose changes to the approved designs for the Buckeye I Wind Farm and the Buckeye II Wind Farm. Under the proposed changes, the two facilities would be referred to collectively as the “Amended Facility,” since both facilities would be constructed in tandem and operated simultaneously. The proposed changes to the Buckeye I Wind Farm include: (1) approval to relocate the collection substation to allow for interconnection with a nearby 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line, (2) the option to use additional turbine models, and (3) approval to modify the access road and collection line system design. The proposed changes to the Buckeye II Wind Farm include: (1) approval to share the relocated Buckeye I collection substation, (2) the option to use additional turbine models, (3) approval to modify the access road and collection line system design, and (4) approval to relocate one permitted meteorological tower. The proposed amended facility would include a total of 55 wind turbine locations of which no more than 50 would be constructed. Of the currently proposed turbine sites, 27 were certificated as part of the Buckeye I Wind Farm and 28 were certificated as part of the Buckeye II Wind Farm.

Related cases: 08-0666-EL-BGN10-0360-EL-BGA, and 12-0160-EL-BGN

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