Ohio’s First Wind-Farm Station Powered by Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative
In late 2011, the Timber Road II Wind Farm near Payne, Ohio, was dedicated by EDP Renewables North America, formerly Horizon Wind Energy. It consists of 55 wind turbines that can produce 99 megawatts, enough to power about 27,000 average homes.
Although the power generated by the farm will be purchased by AEP Ohio, Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative is the incumbent provider of electricity to members in its certified territory, including the farm. As a result, the cooperative is providing the power to the wind-farm’s station. The cooperative will also serve a Blue Creek wind-farm being developed by Iberdrola Renewables.
According to officials, EDP is looking to develop another 500 megawatts from wind energy in Ohio. At least seven more projects have submitted applications to the Ohio Power Siting Board, with numerous other projects in the initial planning stages. Recent legislation has positioned Ohio competitively for utility-scale wind-farm development.
Timber Road II and Blue Creek are projected to generate $21.3 million in local spending, $3.6 million in property tax revenue, and $2.6 million in landowner payment.