Trishe Wind plans construction start this year on 100-MW project in Ohio

Company seeks revisions to its 2013 approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board

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Trishe Wind Ohio LLC applied Feb. 18 at the Ohio Power Siting Board for revisions to a 2013 board-issued certificate for a proposed 100-MW (nameplate) wind project in northwestern Ohio, specifically in portions of Blue Creek and Latty townships and the Village of Haviland in Paulding County.

Trishe Wind Ohio is controlled by affiliates of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC.

The facility, called the Northwest Ohio Wind Energy Farm, will be located within an approximately 21,000-acre area. Land use within in the project area is almost exclusively agricultural. Land lease and wind easements have been signed with approximately 274 landowners/signatures representing approximately 12,750 acres of land. Sufficient land is under lease to build the project.

The company is proposing to install up to 50 wind turbines which will be placed in 50 of the currently permitted 60 locations, along with all associated infrastructure, including underground collection lines, access roads, voltage stepup facility, a temporary staging and construction laydown area, possibly a temporary concrete batch plant and an operation and maintenance facility. Turbine locations were provisionally sited to generate maximum efficiency within the leased area.

The facility will interconnect to an existing 138-kV American Electric Power (AEP) transmission line which runs through the southern part of the project area. The point of interconnection (POI) is at the existing AEP Haviland substation, just south of Haviland. Interconnection is secured through an interconnection agreement with PJM Interconnection. Voltage from the 34.5 kV underground electrical collection system will be stepped up to 138 kV at a step-up transformer facility immediately adjacent to the Haviland substation, obviating the need for an overhead interconnection transmission line.

The project schedule at this point is:

  • Production tax credit (PTC) equity investment - December 2014;
  • Turbine down payment - June 2016;
  • Construction crew mobilization - July 2016;
  • Electric backfeed - April 2017; and
  • Commercial operation - July 2017.

The facility has been designed to accommodate the following turbine models:

  • Up to 50 Gamesa 2.1-MW turbines with 114-meter rotor diameter, 93-meter rotor hub height and 150-meter total height; or
  • Up to 50 General Electric (GE) 2.3-MW turbines with 116-meter rotor diameter, and either an 80-meter or 94-meter rotor hub height and 138-meter or 152-meter total height; or
  • Up to 50 Vestas 2.1-MW turbines with a 110-meter rotor diameter, and either an 80-meter or 95-meter rotor hub height and 135-meter or 150- meter total height; or
  • Up to 29 Vestas 3.45-MW turbines with a 126-meter rotor diameter, 87-meter rotor hub height and 150-meter total height.

The final design of the project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016. The alternative turbines under consideration are sufficiently similar that the final design can be completed prior to the final turbine selection.

The application noted: "The Facility’s economic viability is contingent on the federal production tax credit (PTC) which has now been extended through 2019. Applicant does not have sufficient tax liability to optimize the PTC, and will therefore seek a PTC equity investor to complement the financial obligations of the development of the Facility."

Local landowners joined together and started the project in 2008. The landowners and National Wind formed Northwest Ohio Wind Energy LLC. Until January 2012, Northwest Ohio Wind Energy was owned in the majority by local landowners and investors. National Wind served as the managing member and a minority owner of the project. The project and its assets were subsequently transferred to Trishe Wind Ohio and the entity was sold to affiliates of Starwood in October 2014.

The estimated cost of this project is $200.2 million, or approximately $2.0 million/MW.

A project contact is: Matthias Weigel, Trishe Wind Ohio LLC, 706 Second Avenue South, Suite 1200, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Telephone: (612) 226-7936, matthias.weigle@gmail.com.

Barry Cassell
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Barry Cassell

Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 26 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Barry can be reached at barryc@pennwell.com.

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