Ohio Wind Projects Receive $5 Million in Grants from State Energy Office

September 05, 2007

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced August 29 that the state has awarded grants totaling $5 million for the development of utility-scale wind energy projects. The awards represent the first round of the Ohio Wind Production and Manufacturing Incentive Program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Energy Office.

Two projects will receive the funding: The Buckeye Wind project developed by EverPower Renewables in Champaign and Logan Counties in east central Ohio, and the JW Great Lake's Wood County Wind Farm in northeast Ohio.

The Buckeye Wind project, which is rated at a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW), was approved for a grant of up to $3 million based on the amount of energy produced. The project will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 30,000 homes and is expected to be installed and operating by June 2009.

The Wood County Wind Farm is rated at a capacity of 49.5 MW and was approved to receive up to $2 million, again, based on the amount of energy produced. The project will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 15,000 homes in Wood County. The facility is also expected to be operational by June 2009.

The awardees will receive a payment of $0.01 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated. An additional $0.002 per kWh will be available to projects that use wind turbines manufactured in Ohio. Payments will continue for 5 years or until the maximum funding award ($3 million) is reached, whichever comes first.

"This investment is an important first step as we aim to create thousands of good-paying jobs by focusing on advanced energy production," Strickland said. "Ohio's commitment to wind energy will create economic development opportunities for communities across the state."

Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development, said, "Ohio must move beyond the status quo and into a position of global leadership in advanced energy technologies. The potential for job growth is substantial with a commitment to renewable energy."

Grant applications were reviewed with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley Livermore Laboratory.

Funding for the Ohio Wind Production and Manufacturing Incentive was authorized by House Bill 251, passed in early 2007. The Ohio Department of Development administers the production incentive through the Advanced Energy Fund, established in 1999 by the Ohio General Assembly during electric restructuring. The Ohio Department of Development also supports wind development in the state by maintaining an on-line, high-resolution interactive wind map and by participating in the Ohio Wind Working Group.

For more information, see the governor's August 30 press release.

Source: September 5 article in Renewable Energy Access

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