Blue Creek Wind Farm
Location: Tully, Union, and Hoaglin Townships of Van Wert County, Ohio; Benton, Blue Creek, and Latty Townships of Paulding County, Ohio.
NERC region: RFC
Power Market: PJM
In Van Wert County, where 75 percent of Blue Creek is located, Iberdrola Renewables will be the largest single taxpayer — larger than the next 11 businesses combined. Blue Creek represents a $600 million investment — Ohio’s largest in 2011. The project will now pay approximately $2 million in annual lease payments to local landowners, and $2.7 million in annual payments to local taxing bodies. Even before the plant became operational, building Blue Creek contributed more than 500 construction jobs, $25 million in local spending, and put more than 30 Ohio companies to work on the project.
Turbines: 152 (Gamesa G90 – 2.0 MW)
Output: 304 MW
Customers: First Energy Solutions, American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP), The Ohio State University