EverPower opens New York review of 300-MW Baron Winds project

Baron Winds LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, notified the New York State Public Service Commission on Feb. 26 that it plans to apply for approval of a 300-MW project.

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, which is what was filed on Feb. 26. 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 an approximately 300-MW wind facility to be located in the Towns of Avoca, Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, Hartsville, Hornellsville, Howard, and Wayland in Steuben County, New York.

The applicant is a wholly owned subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with offices in New York and Ohio, EverPower is a developer of utility grade wind projects. 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 generating 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 project includes the installation and operation of up to 150 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 power to the grid, the applicant proposes to construct a collection substation, an overhead 230-kV transmission line and a substation, which will interconnect with the New York State Electric & Gas Hillside-Meyer 230 kV transmission line. The newly-constructed 230-kV line would be approximately nine miles in length.

The Baron Winds Project will have a nameplate capacity of 300 MW, and is expected to operate at an annual net capacity factor (NCF) of approximately 36%. This means that over the course of a full calendar year the project would produce up to 946,080 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy (i.e., 300 MW x 24 hrs/day x 365 days x 36%).

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