OPSB approves Hayes-West Fremont and Greenwich projects

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 25, 2014) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today issued Certificates of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for two proposed utility projects in north central Ohio.

In case number 12-1636-EL-BTX, the Board authorized American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation, to construct the Hayes-West Fremont 138 kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line in Sandusky and Erie counties. ATSI will construct the transmission line along the Preferred Route, avoiding alternative proposals that would have impacted Peninsular Farms, a historical property east of Fremont. The project is subject to 22 conditions that are listed in the Board’s Opinion, Order, and Certificate.

In case number 13-0990-EL-BGN, the Board authorized 6011 Greenwich Windpark, LLC, a subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA, to construct the Greenwich Windpark. The facility will consist of up to 25 wind turbines with a total project capacity of approximately 60 megawatts in Greenwich Township, Huron County. The project is subject to 53 conditions.

In additional business, the Board approved amendments to ATSI’s East Springfield-London-Tangy 138 kV Transmission Line in Clark, Delaware, Madison, and Union counties and the Geauga County 138 kV Transmission Line. The Board also granted motions to extend the certificates previously issued for the American Municipal Power Generating Station in Meigs County, Everpower’s Buckeye I Wind Farm in Champaign County, and Invenergy’s Hardin Wind Farm in Hardin County.

Additional information regarding today’s Board decisions is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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The OPSB reviews applications for construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the OPSB strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

For additional information, contact: Matt Butler | (614) 644-7670