Invenergy works on public awareness for 300-MW Bull Run wind project in New York

Bull Run Energy LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC, told the New York State Public Service Commission on June 24 that it plans to submit an application to construct a 300-MW wind project in Clinton County N.Y.

Underthe rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board), applicants proposing to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility must submit a Public Involvement Program plan (PIP) first. 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 June 24 document is the PIP plan for the Bull Run Wind Energy Center.

Bull Run Energy (BRE) is an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America. Invenergy is a utility-scale power producer developing renewable energy projects in the New York State energy market. Invenergy has developed 59 wind farms in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including these three New York wind farms:

  • High Sheldon Wind Farm, 75 turbines located in the Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY.
  • Orangeville Wind Farm, 58 turbines located in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County, NY.
  • Marsh Hill Wind Farm, 10 turbines located in the Town of Jasper, Steuben County, NY.

BRE said it intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of the project, except for the interconnection switchyard, which will be constructed by BRE and then transferred to the New York Power Authority (NYPA), which will own, operate, and maintain the switchyard.

BRE is planning the project to have a maximum generating capability of 300 MW from an estimated 50 to 100 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property located in the Towns of Clinton, Ellenburg, Altona, and Mooers in Clinton County, New York. The site is just barely south of New York’s border with Canada, and 15-20 miles west of the New York border with Vermont.

Project facilities will include commercial-scale wind turbines, access roads, buried and overhead electric collection lines, a project substation, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and electrical interconnection facilities. the interconnection facilities are expected to include a 230-kV switchyard built adjacent to NYPA’s Ryan-Plattsburgh 230-kV transmission line and an overhead 230-kV interconnection line approximately four miles long.

BRE expects the project will operate at an annual net capacity factor of about 35%. This means the project, if built at the maximum expected generating capacity of 300 MW, would generate approximately 918,800 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy per year.

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