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AEP Renewables cancels 100-MW wind facility in Michigan

AEP Renewables has decided to cease development of a 100-MW wind farm in Muskegon County, Mich.

The Kenowa Ridge Wind Energy Project will not move forward after the American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary and Casnovia Township, Mich., were unable to reach an agreement on improvements to a special use permit that would make the project viable, a company spokesperson confirmed Dec. 24. "AEP Renewables has determined the project cannot be built to our standards," spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said in an email.

Initiated in 2017 by Sempra Renewables LLC, the Kenowa Ridge project was later acquired by AEP as part of its $1.1 billion purchase of the Sempra Energy subsidiary's 724-MW wind portfolio. However, the proposed generating facility was reportedly met with anger by some local residents who expressed concerns about the potential impacts on their quality of life.

Comprising nearly 30 Vestas V-136 4.0/4.2-MW and V-110 2-MW turbines, the project was originally expected to enter operation by 2020.