Apex works on public outreach for 201-MW wind project in New York

Lighthouse Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC, is proposing to submit an application to the New York State Public Service Commission to construct a 201-MW wind project along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

Under the rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, applicants proposing to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility must submit a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan. Such a plan was filed Dec. 31 at the PSC. The PIP must be submitted to the Department of Public Service (DPS) for review at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS).

This is a 201-MW wind project, located in the Town of Somerset, Niagara County, New York and the Town of Yates, Orleans County, New York. The current area within which the applicant proposes to host components of the project comprises 18,548 acres. The final project will consist of wind turbines, collection lines, access roads, meteorological towers, an operations and maintenance building, and a substation. The exact number of wind turbines and associated components will be determined at a later stage of project development and will be informed by environmental studies, wildlife studies, electrical studies, land leasing, cultural assessments, and public input. The project’s interconnection request has been submitted for the 345-kV Kintigh Substation in Somerset.

“According to the 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan, New York will seek to coordinate renewable energy policies to strategically harness the resources it can provide to solar, wind (offshore and land-based), bioenergy, geothermal, hydrokinetic, storage, and other power supply options,” said the PIP. “The plan also states that implemented strategies should take into account the opportunities provided by the diverse renewable resources available in different regions of the State. The Project will help New York achieve that goal. At a 201 MW nameplate capacity, it is estimated that the Project will provide enough electricity to power 53,000 homes.”

The company noted that it has launched a website, www.lighthousewind.com, as part of its community outreach effort.

A company contact is: Taylor Quarles, Apex Clean Energy, 310 4th St NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 328-2293, taylor.quarles@apexcleanenergy.com.

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