BP Soliciting Wind Energy Leases NW Ohio
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.
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.