By NICK WALTON

By NICK WALTON

Staff Writer

RUSSELLS POINT Two utility-scale wind turbines are expected to generate renewable energy for the Honda Transmission Plant operations at Russells Point once they become operational.

ConEdison Solutions, an energy services company, will own the two turbines, through its subsidiary RP Wind, LLC. The company is working in collaboration with Juhl Energy of Pipestone, Minn., a provider of clean energy solutions.

Through agreements with Honda Transmission, ConEdison Solutions will generate electricity for the plant and be responsible for an interconnect agreement with the Logan County Electric Cooperative and an additional agreement with Buckeye Power, Inc. The project was announced in January.

Eric Mauk, Corporate Communications Specialist for Honda North America, told the Daily Citizen earlier this month that the goal is to have the turbines operational before the end of the year or within the first few weeks of January.

According to a press release from Honda, once the turbines begin operating the transmission plant will be the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the United States to obtain a substantial amount of its electricity from wind turbines located on its property.

The release also notes that studies commissioned by Honda Transmission indicate that wind-generated power is a cost-effective source of electricity for the plant and that the project will not adversely impact local wildlife or the environment. The two turbines are expected to supply approximately 10 percent of the plant's electricity while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions from this renewable energy source.

Based on their location and estimated wind speeds, the combined output from the two wind turbines is estimated at 10,000-megawatt hours (MWH) per year.

Honda states the project is the result of years of detailed study and planning in cooperation its neighbors, Washington Township Boards, Logan County and Buckeye Power Electric Co-ops.

A Honda press release from January states the turbines have blades 160 feet long and are installed on 260-feet towers. A January press release from Juhl Wind states the project cost is $8 million.

Globally, Honda has established voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020. This includes a 30 percent reduction carbon dioxide emissions from Honda products and significant carbon dioxide reductions from the company's plants operations, compared with year 2000 levels.

The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives to reduce energy use at Honda manufacturing operations.

In a separate project, more than 150 wind turbines could be built in Logan and Hardin Counties as part of the proposed Scioto Ridge Wind Farm. The project is being developed through Hardin Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc.

The project would be located in the townships of Roundhead, McDonald, Lynn and Taylor Creek in Hardin County, as well as the townships of Richland and Rush Creek in Logan County.

According to EverPower's website, the project will consist of up to 176 turbines and is expected to be operational by the end of 2015.

In addition to the turbines, the company has applied to build a five-mile transmission line and a point of interconnect switchyard, both of which would be located in Hardin County. The function of the transmission line and switchyard is to connect the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm generating facility to the existing American Electric Power East Lima-Marysville 345 kV circuit.

An administrative law judge granted the applicant's motion to consolidate the applications in the three projects in September for the purpose of all public hearings, evidentiary hearings and public notices.

A public hearing for the project is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2014, at 6 p.m., at the Hardin County Courthouse, Veterans Hall, Ohio Courthouse Square, Kenton. An adjudicatory hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2014, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio at 10 a.m.

Nick Walton can be reached at nwalton@civitasmedia.com