Ohio Power Siting Board approves construction of Timber Road Wind Farm
Columbus, Ohio (August 23, 2010) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved an agreement authorizing Paulding Wind Farm, LLC (Paulding) to construct the Timber Road Wind Farm in northwest Paulding County. The facility will consist of 32 wind turbines spread across 5,700 acres with a combined generating capacity of approximately 48.6 megawatts (MW).
“The certification of Timber Road Wind Farm marks another important step on Ohio’s road to a cleaner renewable energy future,” said OPSB Chairman Alan R. Schriber. “Once constructed, the facility will help the state meet our new alternative energy portfolio standard.”
On January 13, 2010, Paulding filed an application for a certificate to site a wind-powered electric generation facility with the OPSB. After conducting an investigation of Paulding’s proposal, OPSB Staff submitted a summary of its findings and recommendation to the Board on June 7, 2010.
At a local public hearing held in Van Wert on June 21, 2010, seven witnesses provided testimony about the project. Supporters emphasized the potential economic benefits of the project and the environmental benefits of wind energy. Opponents voiced concerns about potential negative consequences including effects on property values.
On June 30, 2010, all of the parties including Paulding, 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 numerous conditions intended to mitigate the ecological, environmental and social impacts of the project. Included in these conditions, Paulding must:
- Implement measures to reduce shadow flicker where significant impacts are found to occur.
- Mitigate the potential impact of noise 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 its own expense.
Paulding expects to begin construction of the wind farm in early 2011. The project will also include a new transformer substation, underground electric collection lines and 11 miles of new or improved access roads to support the facility.
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 one half of the renewable energy facilities must be located in Ohio. With the addition of the Timber Road project, the OPSB has certificated five wind farms across the state totaling 472 turbines and up to 882.2 MW.
Additional information regarding this project is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.
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.