Ohio Power Siting Board approves JW Great Lakes Wind project in Hardin County

Ohio Power Siting Board approves JW Great Lakes Wind project in Hardin County

Columbus, Ohio (March 22, 2010) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved an agreement authorizing JW Great Lakes Wind, LLC (JWGL) to construct up to 27 wind turbines in Hardin County. The wind farm will have a generation capacity of approximately 48 megawatts.

“This project approved today by the Board is an important step forward for Ohio’s alternative energy industry,” said OPSB Chairman Alan R. Schriber. “Wind projects such as this provide clean, renewable electricity and help to ensure Ohio meets the new alternative energy portfolio standard.”

On February 12, 2010 JWGL, OPSB Staff and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation filed an agreement recommending the application for approval subject to certain conditions.  The agreement detailed 55 recommended conditions intended to mitigate environmental and social impacts of the project. These conditions include:

  • JGWL will work to repair possible damage to any roads caused by construction activity;
  • JGWL must provide the OPSB data pertaining to actual shadow flicker exposure. Any turbine creating an excess of 30 hours of shadow flicker will be subject to certain mitigation measures;
  • JGWL must repair damage to agricultural land, including field tile;
  • JGWL will install and maintain erosion and sedimentation control measures; and
  • JGWL must decommission the facility, or individual turbines, at its own expense.

On August 14, 2009, JWGL filed an application for a certificate to site a wind-powered electric generation facility with the OPSB.  On January 12, 2010, OPSB staff filed a report of its investigation of the JWGL’s application.  A local public hearing was held in Ada on January 27, 2010.

JGWL anticipates beginning construction in 2010 and beginning commercial operation in mid-2011. The construction phase is expected to provide between 50 and 100 temporary construction jobs, and three to five full-time maintenance staff. The project will also include a 69 kilovolt overhead transmission line that will connect to American Electric Power’s (AEP) substation in Dunkirk.

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.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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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.