Siting board approves Champaign County wind project extension


The Ohio Power Siting Board earlier this week approved a three-year extension for Everpower Wind Holdings to build its Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County.

The ruling, which could be challenged by the local opposition group Union Neighbors United or Champaign County officials, gives Everpower until May 28, 2018, to begin construction on the approximately 100-turbine wind development.

The permit to build the development was set to expire in March and if the project was not under construction at that time, it would have to be resubmitted to the siting board for approval.

Everpower has delayed construction on Buckeye Wind to add a second phase to the project with additional turbines and is still facing challenges to the second phase in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Extending the existing permit also allows Everpower to build under previous setback distances that were changed in a bill that passed the state legislature earlier this year.

Everpower is the same company responsible for the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm that has been approved for construction in northern Logan and southern Hardin counties.