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Leipsic wind farm developers withdrawing original application

The developer of a proposed wind farm near Leipsic has filed to withdraw its original application for the development. The request will be heard May 1 by the Ohio Power Siting Board.

The application originally was filed July 28, 2011. The proposed wind farm description indicated the Leipsic Wind Farm will be spread across approximately 26,000 acres of leased lands in portions of the municipalities of Leipsic and Belmore and in the townships of Van Buren and Blanchard in Putnam County. The project will consist of approximately 65 wind turbines, each with a nameplate capacity of 1.5 to 2.0 MW producing 110 megawatts of electricity with the potential of expanding to approximately 150 megawatts.

The developer, Leipsic Wind, LLC, indicated it plans to submit another application once new and extensive work is complete, including collaboration with American Electric Power on clarifying the scope of work, costs and responsibilities for every task associated with a new interconnect plan.

Leipsic received word of the new interconnect plan following impact study results it did not receive until December. The results had been expected in early 2012. The notice indicated the new interconnect plan will require extensive new land acquisition work, which involves obtaining many new easements and several purchases.

The acquisition work is expected to take at least 6 after the general route of a transmission line and layout plan are solidified with AEP. Upon securing the new land, extensive environmental work will need to be completed. Once that work is done, Leipsic Wind, LLC, is expected to develop a new submittal for the Ohio Power Siting Board.

Developers emphasized they plan to move forward with the project, but because several extensions will expire before significant work can be completed, they felt it was prudent to withdraw the pending application.

“They are working at a pace at which they are comfortable,” said Putnam County CIC assistant director Martin Kuhlman. “They probably want to make sure they have everything in order before they resubmit their plan.”

In early January, Congress extended a production tax credit for wind energy on any facility under construction before the end of 2013.