Ohio Power Siting Board Hearing on Blade Shear Rules, Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled a transcribed workshop for Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., 11th Floor, at the offices of the Commission, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-B, Columbus, Ohio.

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In light of recent blade shear incidents involving wind turbines, the Ohio Power Siting Board (Board) initiates this rulemaking proceeding in order to investigate whether to adopt a rule requiring turbine operators to report blade shear turbine incidents to the Board. Additionally, the Board is seeking comments on a proposed revision to its rules to make explicit that economically significant wind farms and major utility facilities consisting of wind-powered generation adhere to local building codes.

As part of the rule procedures, the Board has determined that, prior to issuing proposed rules for comment, it is appropriate to require Board Staff to hold a workshop with interested stakeholders. At the workshop, Staff should provide an overview of the rules under consideration and elicit feedback. Additionally, Staff may permit stakeholders to propose their own potential rules for Staff’s consideration. Interested stakeholders should come to the workshop prepared with necessary technical experts to provide appropriate feedback. After Staff has fill opportunity to consider the feedback received at the workshop, Staff will draft proposed rule amendments, and the Board will issue Staff’s proposal for comments and reply comments by interested parties.

Accordingly, a transcribed workshop should be scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., 11th Floor, at the offices of the Commission, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-B, Columbus, Ohio, to consider the rule amendments discussed above. All persons wishing to participate in the workshop should register at the lobby desk and then proceed to the 11th floor. The workshop is intended as an opportunity for Staff to receive feedback from interested stakeholders before it issues the draft rules and opens them up for formal comment. Any interested stakeholder that cannot or does not choose to participate in the workshop may file formal comments with the Commission once the draft rules and draft rule amendments have been issued.

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