Bigwind using creative tactics in Ohio to get around SB310/HB483

Lots to report as news of Everpower’s request to amend their Buckeye Wind I project deadline hits the paper in both Urbana and Springfield.  On one hand Everpower appears determined to press on while on the other hand they appear cautious.   This compares to Iberdrola who has determined that they will be unable to find enough willing leaseholders in Van Wert and Putnam Counties to make their Dog Creek and Leipsic Wind projects possible due to the new setback requirements (remember, there is nothing that prohibits them from requesting ‘waivers’ from leaseholders, in order to avoid our new setback legislation).  As we have seen, there is resistance in Putnam County but on Tuesday the County Commissioners went ahead and approved the County as an Alternative Energy Zone thinking it might help.  We will be interested to hear more about this.  We recall that Van Wert County rescinded its AEZ designation.   (Note: We are amazed that the wind industry calls the setback area the “fall zone” – completely ignoring/denying blade shear, flicker and noise issues!)

By seeking to extend its deadline to build until 2018, it appears that Everpower hopes to dodge the effects of both recently passed legislation.  By amending their certificate prior to September 14th, they avoid the possibility the new setback requirements on Phase I would apply to them and by moving the extension to 2018, they have a chance to see the re-imposition of a renewable energy mandate after the legislative Study Committee completes its work. The Urbana paper reports: “The motion further states that even if the appeals are resolved prior to March 22, 2015, the company will be left with insufficient time to finalize financing, develop final engineering plans, complete engineering, obtain procurement and construction contracts, and review plans with the board’s staff.”….

Attorneys for Everpower Renewables filed a request for an extension for the first phase of the Buckeye Wind Project Tuesday, citing several ongoing legal fights over various aspects of the project.

Everpower’s attorneys are seeking an extension until May 28, 2018, to begin construction. The project’s certificate had been approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board in 2010, but expires in March of next year, according to court documents.

Everpower wants to build two phases of the project at the same time, but ongoing litigation has held up construction, said Jason Dagger, a spokesman for Everpower. If the certificate expires, Everpower would have to start the lengthy certification process from the beginning, said Matt Butler, a spokesman for the Ohio Power Siting Board…

via Everpower seeks extension for wind farm | www.springfieldnewssun.com.

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