Ridgeline Energy affiliate plans 33-MW wind project in New York

Dry Lots Wind LLC is working on approval for the 33-MW Dry Lots Wind Project, made up of 12 turbines on an isolated plateau in the Town of Litchfield, Herkimer County, N.Y.

The project was initiated by NorthWind and Power, which was merged into Ridgeline Energy LLC. Dry Lots Wind is an indirect subsidiary of Ridgeline, the company said in a previous filing at the New York Public Service Commission. It is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from this commission for this project.

The project is consistent with the model for Community Scale wind projects in New York developed by NorthWind, which generally consists of six to thirteen turbines and a connection to existing medium-voltage transmission lines, the company added. The goal of a Community Scale wind project is to bring renewable power closer to load, while reducing impacts by limiting the number of turbines and using greater setbacks than at operating projects in the state.

The Dry Lots Project is located on Dry Hill in western Litchfield beside an operating stone quarry owned by Barrett Paving. The project as originally conceived and discussed with residents of Litchfield was sized at 20 MW, but new technology and the desire to maximize the production from the resource to best help the state meet its renewable energy targets led to an increase in the project capacity, which is now 33 MW.

On Dec. 4, the company filed with the commission an update on its ongoing public involvement program, where over the past several years it has reach out to the community about aspects of the project.

The project website is http://drylotswind.com/.

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