Ohio Power Siting Board Will Review Proposal for Seneca County Wind Farm
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has notified sPower that its application for a 212 megawatt wind farm is complete and is now under review. sPower is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need as part of a comprehensive public process that will ultimately determine final approval of the Seneca Wind project.
“We are proud to present our project to the Ohio Power Siting Board, and we look forward to participating in the application process,” said Gordon Gray, director of wind for sPower. “sPower is excited to bring jobs and prosperity to Seneca County as our wind energy development projects have done in other communities.”
In September, the State of Ohio certified Seneca Wind as a Qualified Energy Project, establishing a fixed payment in lieu of taxes throughout the operational life of the project. Based on the proposed 212 megawatts of nameplate capacity and the 30-year expected lifetime of the project, this will result in $56 million of revenue from sPower to be divided among schools, townships and other taxing jurisdictions in Seneca County. The Qualified Energy Project program also creates requirements for in-state employment, renewable energy education, road improvement and repair, and emergency response training.
Seneca Wind will consist of up to 85 wind turbines on approximately 25,000 acres of privately leased land in Scipio, Reed, Venice, Eden and Bloom Townships, providing enough clean energy to power almost 60,000 homes each year.
About sPower: sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.3 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers. For more information, visit www.spower.com.