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Written by By HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 11:36

Details of a plan to locate four additional wind turbines around Bowling Green will be unveiled at a public meeting, probably the week of Dec. 14.
A rough outline of the plan was provided during Monday night's meeting of BG's Board of Public Utilities.
Pam Sullivan of AMP Inc., from which the city purchases its electricity, said AMP wants to install six turbines in Ohio, two near Painesville in northeast Ohio and four in the Bowling Green area.
The project would be financed by AMP, which has $3.5 million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds to help cover costs. The four-turbine BG project has an estimated $12.9 million cost.
"We can get six General Electric turbines rated at 1.5 megawatts each. They are designed to operate at lower wind speeds than the turbines here now (Wood County Landfill). They carry a 30 to 32 percent capacity factor, compared to 24 percent for the turbines you have now," she said. The turbines would be approximately the same height as those at the landfill. The Vestas turbines at the landfill are rated at 1.8 megawatts each.
Sullivan said AMP has employed a consultant to determine possible locations all around the city.
Recalling that there was some opposition to a 20-30 turbine wind farm that was proposed west of BG a couple of years ago, Maynard said a wide variety of sites have been considered.
Maynard said the turbines probably won't be available for installation before September 2010 and could be in service by early 2011.
"We'll show all of the different sites and want to hear from people. We want to go through and vet all of this before we make any site decisions. There are literally places all around Bowling Green that these could fit," Maynard said.
As with the turbines at the landfill, all of the power would enter the electric grid through BG's system. Other AMP members would be able to purchase power from the project.
Sullivan also briefed the BPU on additional hydroelectric projects on the Ohio River that should be in service by 2014. The city is subscribed to 19.5 megawatts from hydro projects already under construction on the river. The BPU agreed to subscribe to 6 megawatts from the new projects.



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