BP Wind affiliate pursues up to 285 MW wind project in New York

Cape Vincent Wind Power LLC has been pursuing since September 2012 an approval from New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment for a wind project of up to 285 MW in Jefferson County, N.Y.

Cape Vincent Wind Power, a subsidiary of BP Wind Energy North America, is seeking a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct a 200 MW-285-MW wind facility in the Town of Cape Vincent, Jefferson County. The current version of the project results from the merger of BP Wind Energy’s Cape Vincent Wind Farm and Acciona Wind Energy’s St. Lawrence Wind Farm. In February 2012, BP Wind Energy acquired the assets and development rights for the Acciona project.

The board docket shows that the company lately has been working on community outreach efforts as it builds support and wins local approvals for this project.

The company noted in a March scoping report that after merging the two projects, the combined number of total turbine locations was reduced. The Acciona design had consisted of 51 turbines while the original Cape Vincent Wind Farm had envisioned 84 turbines, making the total number of turbines between the two projects equal to 135 turbines. After an extensive review to optimize the layout of the combined project, Cape Vincent Wind Power has removed 11 turbines, reducing the total project size to 124 turbines.

The project would be 200-285 MW in size leveraging these 124 turbine sites. While a specific turbine model has not been selected due to uncertainty regarding availability of turbine models at the time of construction, the selected turbine model is expected to range in output from 1.7 to 3.0 MW per turbine, the March report said.

Permanent ancillary facilities include an operations and maintenance building, a project substation, five meteorological towers, an approximately 6- to 8-mile 115 kV generator interconnection line, and a high-voltage electric interconnection switching station. Interconnection to the grid would be through an existing National Grid substation located in the Town of Lyme.

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