Black Fork Wind Energy Group Pulls Plug On Project

  • 6/21/2019 2:21:08 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - On Thursday, the Ohio Power Siting Board granted a request from Black Fork Wind Energy, LLC to relinquish the group's certificate to build over 90 wind turbines in Crawford and Richland Counties. The group canceled the project after numerous problems arose when planning the project, according to Capital Power Spokesperson Jay Shukin.

"The decision comes after we looked at a number of factors that are involved in building wind energy facilities," Shukin said. "That includes market conditions, schedule, regulatory matters and construction cost. After that assessment, we came to the conclusion that this project was really uncompetitive when you looked at the other projects that we have in our development portfolio."

The final nail in the project's coffin came after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on a case related to the Black Fork Wind Energy project, which would have forced the group to return to the state regulator and continue to make changes to the planned facility. Progress on the facility was forced to come to a stop with revisions pending, which also incurred other costs. The decision was made to pull the plug on the planned facility and search for another place to build.

"We informed land owners involved on the project about this decision," Shukin said. "We thanked them very much for their support over the years, but have had to stop work on this project."

The Capital Power company became involved in the project in 2014 when it purchased plans from another enterprising company, who had tried unsuccessfully to build a facility several years before. Shukin says that while Capital Power tried their best, things just didn't work out in their favor.

"We were hopeful and we pursued it with diligence. We recognized that we had landowners' support for it, but earlier this year, we did have a look at the variety of factors that go into the development of wind energy," Shukin said. "We just came to the conclusion that we could not put forth a competitive project for the market and for companies and entities that were looking for renewable energy in this particular area."

The company also stated that they do not have any plans to renew the project in North Central Ohio in the near future. 

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