Ohio Power Siting Board approves construction of Timber Road II Wind Farm
Columbus, Ohio (Nov. 18, 2010) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved an agreement authorizing Paulding Wind Farm II, LLC to construct Timber Road II Wind Farm in western Paulding County. The facility will consist of up to 98 wind turbines spread across 15,000 leased acres with a combined generating capacity of up to 150.4 megawatts (MW).
“The certification of Timber Road II is another step in the right direction for Ohio’s clean energy future,” said OPSB Chairman Alan R. Schriber. “The wind farm will contribute towards the renewable goals included in our state’s alternative energy portfolio.”
On May 14, 2010, Paulding Wind II filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate to site a wind-powered electric generation facility. After conducting an investigation of Paulding Wind II’s proposal, OPSB staff submitted a summary of its findings and recommendation to the Board on Sept. 7, 2010.
At a local public hearing held in Paulding on Sept. 22, 2010, six witnesses provided testimony about the project. Supporters emphasized the potential economic and environmental benefits of the project. Opponents voiced concerns about potential negative consequences including effects on public health and property values.
On Oct. 5, 2010, Paulding Wind II, OPSB Staff and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation filed an agreement resolving all of the outstanding issues in the case. The agreement recommended approval of the application subject to 60 conditions intended to mitigate the ecological, environmental and social impacts of the project. Included in these conditions, Paulding Wind II must:
- Mitigate the potential impacts of noise and shadow flicker near the project area.
- Install and maintain erosion and sedimentation control measures.
- Establish a process to receive project-related complaints from the public.
- Meet all federal and state requirements for construction of turbines that may affect navigable airspace, radar or communications.
- Repair all impacted roads and bridges following construction.
- Repair damage to agricultural land, including field tile.
- Decommission the facility, or individual turbines, at the company’s expense.
Paulding Wind II expects to begin the construction of this project in December 2010. Construction will include a new transformer substation and underground electric collection lines, as well as new or improved access roads to support the facility. The project is expected to create 420 temporary construction jobs and 43 full-time, permanent positions. The OPSB certificated the construction of Timber Road Wind Farm on August 23, 2010.
Under Ohio’s alternative energy portfolio standard, by 2025, 25 percent of electricity sold in Ohio must be generated from alternative energy sources. At least half of this energy must come from renewable energy sources, including wind, and at least half of the renewable energy must be generated by facilities located within Ohio. With the addition of the Timber Road project, the OPSB has certificated six wind facilities across the state totaling 555 turbines and up to 1,032.3 MW. Additional information regarding this project is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.
Contact: PUCO Office of Public Affairs, (614) 466-7750
The OPSB reviews applications for construction of large electric and natural gas facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly, and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.
Paulding Wind Farm, LLC is a subsidiary of Horizon Wind Energy, LLC. Horizon is based in Houston, Texas.