EMERSON CREEK WIND PROJECT PROFILE

Apex Clean Energy is actively assessing the feasibility of constructing Emerson Creek Wind, and we will be meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about the project over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of your community.  

Many of the details about the proposed Emerson Creek Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to tell which turbines we will use, how many there will be, or where these turbines will be located. However, as we continue to develop this project, more of these details will be determined, and we will share project updates with you here on this site.

PROJECT SUMMARY

  • Planned to be located on open farmland in rural Erie and Huron Counties
  • Capable of producing up to 300 MW of clean, homegrown energy
  • Turbines will  be spaced approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart on active farmland
  • Each wind turbine, including the access road, typically requires less than half an acre of land
  • Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
  • Farmers would continue farming their land with very limited disturbance
  • Will represent a significant investment in the local economy, with revenues for farmers, local government, and schools
  • Will create hundreds of full-time-equivalent jobs during construction
  • Will create up to 15 permanent jobs at a local operations and maintenance facility

WHY HURON AND ERIE COUNTIES?

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If built, Emerson Creek Wind will have a capacity of up to 300 MW. Representing a private investment of about $615 million, Emerson Creek will benefit the economies of Erie and Huron Counties in the near term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services. In the long term, the project promises to bring sustained tax revenue to these counties for the local government and schools, as well as 30 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.

Rural Huron and Erie Counties were selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Ohio for the following reasons:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing high-voltage power lines
  • Expansive commercial farmland
  • Existing network of state highways
  • Avoids sensitive environmental areas
  • Strong local landowner and community support 

Farmers who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners will also receive annual lease payments. These payments will continue over the projected 30-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into the economies of Erie and Huron Counties to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.

WIND ENERGY FOR RURAL AMERICA

The cost of wind energy has dropped more than 50% over the past five years, providing a cost-competitive source for clean electricity across the nation. Wind powers the equivalent of 18 million American homes each year.* Wind energy comes with many benefits, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues.** Wind turbines compliment working farms, because they allow for existing agricultural operations to continue around them. They also help farmers by diversifying the rural economy and providing a consistent, drought-resistant new harvest.

POTENTIAL TIMELINE

There are many steps in the process to completion of Emerson Creek. Given the changing regulatory environment in Ohio, Apex is taking a step back to refine and refresh the project’s layouts and continue studies before construction can begin. This process typically takes about three years, which means construction is unlikely before 2019. Apex will be working closely with Erie and Huron Counties on the project planning and permitting of Emerson Creek, offering additional opportunities for the public to provide input into the process.

 

*AWEA, Wind Energy Facts at a Glance, March 2015

**Department of Energy, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, 2015