OPSB approves Northwest Ohio Wind Farm in Paulding County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 16, 2013) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized Northwest Ohio Wind Energy, LLC  to construct a wind farm comprised of up to 59 wind turbines in  Blue Creek and Latty townships in Paulding County.

The Northwest Ohio Wind Farm will have an electric generation capacity of 100 megawatts (MW), utilizing turbines with a nameplate capacity of 1.7 to 2.0 MW.  The project covers 12,750 acres of leased land near the villages of Haviland and Grover Hill, north of the existing Blue Creek Wind Farm.

Northwest Ohio Wind Energy filed an application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need on May 24, 2013.  A local public hearing was held on October 22, 2013 at the Wayne Trace Junior-Senior High School in Haviland, where local residents testified about the proposed project.  An agreement between the formal parties to the case, Northwest Ohio Wind Energy, the OPSB staff, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was signed on October 28, 2013.

The OPSB’s order today authorizes the construction of the facility, subject to 40 conditions outlined in the agreement.  These conditions will ensure the sound construction and safe operation of the facility and mitigate impacts to local residents and ecological resources. 

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

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The OPSB  reviews applications for the 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 future for Ohio future.

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