sPower to Withdraw, Resubmit Seneca Wind Application

Company will reengage Ohio approval process after receiving FAA Determinations


sPower announced today that it will withdraw its application with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for the Seneca Wind Farm due to an error it discovered in the Determination of No Hazard permit it received from the Federal Aviation Administration in July.  Upon receipt of the permit from the FAA, sPower realized there was a mistake in how the public notices were handled, requiring the FAA to cancel the permit and provide a new public notice and comment period.  As a result, sPower is withdrawing its application before the OPSB and will refile with the OPSB when the corrected Determination of No Hazard is issued by the FAA and the OPSB can have the full set of materials it needs to properly review the project.  sPower remains committed to Seneca project and the many landowners and communities that will benefit from the project.  

“Doing this right is more important than trying to continue forward at this time. We want to make sure the process is done correctly,” said Jeffery Nemeth, Director of Wind Development for sPower. “This is a good project, and we have every reason to believe we will receive DNHs for each turbine and will be resubmitting our application to the OPSB this fall.” 

Seneca Wind will be a 200-megawatt farm consisting of up to 77 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. It is estimated that this project will bring over $3 million to the local economy annually and will provide approximately temporary 250 construction jobs and 10-15 permanent job positions.

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 1,500 MW and has a development pipeline of more than 13,000 MW. 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.


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