FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The meeting we held on April 17 began the public review process. At this meeting, Seneca Wind was required to inform the community about its plans to file an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board and gather input from the public. Comments received were addressed in the application document. The Project application was submitted to the Siting Board on July 16, 2018. Siting Board staff are now reviewing the application to make sure it’s complete. It usually takes about 60 days for this review to conclude.
Assuming the application is complete, the Siting Board will deem the application complete and copies of the application will be provided for local community review. The Siting Board then begin its formal application review process, with Siting Board staff’s technical experts and other Ohio agencies contributing to the evaluation. Information from the applicant, the public, and from a Siting Board staff site walk will be incorporated in this review process. The Siting Board staff then prepares its report, which will include its recommended decision and potential conditions, about two weeks before a public hearing is held the project’s location. This hearing, which will be scheduled and advertised in advance, provides an additional opportunity for community members to provide written or verbal input. It usually takes 60 to 90 days from the time the application is deemed complete until the public hearing is held.
After considering all of the information gathered during the investigation and at the public hearing, the Siting Board will hold an adjudicatory hearing to allow parties in the case to provide sworn testimony and cross-examine witnesses. Only after this is complete will the case be directed to the Ohio Power Siting Board for a formal decision.
We hope to have a Siting Board decision by January 2019.