EverPower advances the review process for 126-MW New York wind project

Cassadaga Wind LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, is proposing to submit an application to the New York State Public Service Commission to construct a 126-MW wind farm.

Under the rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, developers proposing to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility must submit a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan, a final version of which Cassadaga Wind filed with the commission on Jan. 5. The PIP must be submitted to the Department of Public Service (DPS) for review atleast 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS).

The project is intended to be an approximately 126-MW wind farm to be located in the Towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Arkwright, and Stockton in Chautauqua County, New York. The site is about eight miles back of the Lake Erie shoreline near the state border with Pennsylvania, southwest of Buffalo, N.Y.

To date, EverPower currently has seven operational wind facilities with a nameplate capacity of approximately 752 MW, including the Howard Wind Project in Steuben County, New York. The Howard Wind Project has a total capacity of 55.35 MW and uses 27 Repower MM92 turbines. The first 25 turbines became commercial operational in 2011, and the two-turbine second phase became operational in 2012.

The proposed Cassadaga project includes the installation and operation of up to 70 wind turbines, together with the associated collection lines (below grade and overhead), access roads, meteorological towers, and operation and maintenance (O&M) building To deliver electricity to the New York State power grid, the applicant proposes to construct a collection substation, a 115-kV electrical transmission line and a substation, which will interconnect with National Grid’s Dunkirk-Moon 115-kV transmission line. It is anticipated that the newly constructed 115-kV transmission line will be approximately 5.5 miles in length.

The Cassadaga Wind Project will have a nameplate capacity of 126 MW, and is expected to operate at anannual net capacity factor (NCF) of approximately 36%. This means that over the course of a full calendar year the project would produce up to 397,353 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy (i.e., 126 MW x 24 hrs/day x 365 days x 36%).

Contact information for EverPower is: EverPower Wind Holdings, 1251 Waterfront Place, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, Seth Wilmore, Phone: (412) 253-9419.

The plan was prepared for EverPower by: Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services D.P.C., 217 Montgomery Street, Suite 1000, Syracuse, New York 13202, Ben Brazell, Phone: (315) 471-0688.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.