BP Soliciting Wind Energy Leases NW Ohio

July 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm 5 comments

BP Wind Energy is a principal owner and operator of wind power facilities with interest in eight operating wind farms.  BP Wind Energy has a gross generating capacity of more than 1,200 megawatts, enough to provide leecticity for a city the size of Washington DC. BP Wind Energy has a presence in California, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, South Dakota, Idaho and Texas.  BP is looking to expand their presence to Ohio.

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This meeting was sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau provide information on community responsibilities and potential benefits of wind energy. Ohio Farm Bureau has presented 90 wind/alternative energy meetings throughout Ohio in the past 12 months.

Wind energy was never designed to be a stand-alone energy production technology.  It is part of a diversified energy plan that is being developed on a regional, statewide and multi-state energy strategy. Wind energy is expected to produce five percent of the nation’s electricity by 2020; twenty percent by 2030.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has made available an interactive map of wind resources for Ohio. The interactive map is available at http://maps.opsb.ohio.gov/windmap/default.aspx

According to Ohio Farm Bureau and BP, there are some direct economic benefits:

  • Land lease payments $7,000/MW/year (MW = megawatt) – Ohio Farm Bureau Data
  • Short term jobs = 15 per MW –  Ohio Farm Bureau Data
  • Long term jobs = 0.6 per MW – Ohio Farm Bureau Data
  • 1 MW = energy production for 300 standard homes – BP Data

This is the same BP as the oil company. In 2006, BP decided to venture into the renewable energy business. Their projects are a mix of wholly-owned and partnership ventures.  In Ohio, BP is targeting 200 MW for Phase I.

According to the BP representative the Fowler, Indiana BP project is 600 MW and supports roughly 50 full-time employees.

BP is examining the southern part of Van Wert County, in NW Ohio and will be securing approximately 15,000 acres.


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  • 1. Grunergy  |  July 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wind energy is very important but hazardous to animals in certain ways, solar is the best way to go.

    • 2. andykleinschmidt  |  July 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      I’m going to allow your comment, but only because you are posting something relevant to the post. HOWEVER, I believe you should provide a bit of third-party evidence to substantiate your claim that ‘wind energy is… hazardous to animals in certain ways.” Your comment is a very damaging statement to make, and without substantiation I will view your original comment as spam and thusly remove.

  • 3. Mike  |  August 4, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I agree with Grunergy, solar energy is the best way to go.

  • 4. WJC  |  August 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Wind energy cannot pay for itself without cap and trade. These projects will wither, the smaller players will go bankrupt and continue to operate without paying the landowner. BP is too big for this strategy unless they break off into limited partnerships. The partnership can go bust and continue operating and not pay the landowners.

    Before signing a lease, watch the Congress. If cap and trade dies, don’t sign.

  • 5. shelby  |  January 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm



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