Blue Creek Wind

Blue Creek wind farm


 

The Blue Creek wind farm in Ohio is the state's first modern, commercial-scale wind project. With a total installed capacity of 304 megawatts (MW), it generates enough energy to power about 76,000 homes per year.

 

Blue Creek became operational in 2012 in northwest Ohio and has a total installed capacity of 304 MW which can power around 76,000 homes per year. We were the first company to start construction in a state that lacked modern, commercial-scale wind projects.

The Blue Creek wind farm takes advantage of Ohio's intense winds and coexists with agricultural fields in the townships of Tully, Union, and Hoaglin in Van Wert County, and in the towns of Benton, Blue Creek and Latty in Paulding County. At the time of its completion in early 2012, it was the largest single-phase project in the US wind fleet powered by Avangrid Renewables among a total of 50 projects.

Blue Creek consists of 152 Gamesa G90 wind turbines, each of which has an output of 2 MW and can power about 500 Ohio homes. Most of the equipment was manufactured and assembled in Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota.

Although the project covers an area of almost 80 square miles (207.2 square kilometers), the total impact of the project is less than 1 acre (equivalent to 4,047 square meters) per turbine, including access roads and the maintenance building.

 

 

Local economic benefits and environmental friendliness


Blue Creek represents a $600 million private investment. The project pays around USD 2 million annually in lease payments to local landowners and USD 2.7 million to local taxing bodies. Avangrid Renewables is the largest taxpayer in Van Wert County, where 75 % of the Blue Creek wind farm is located. 

In addition, our commitment to environmental friendliness is present in each of our projects. That's why Blue Creek offsets its customers' carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 725,000 tonnes per year. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, this is equivalent to planting approximately 138,000 acres of trees, taking 114,000 cars off the road, or eliminating the consumption of more than 2.1 million barrels of oil. The project also avoids the consumption of 408 million gallons (more than one trillion liters) of water per year.

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