100-MW wind project among the winners of New York funding help

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sept. 23 announced $175 million in awards for five large-scale clean energy projects that will help the state meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goals to increase the amount of electricity generation from renewable energy.

The announcement is in recognition of Climate Week, which Cuomo proclaimed from September 22-29 to raise awareness about the challenges of climate change and to highlight New York’s efforts to increase resiliency and curb emissions as global leaders meet in New York City.

Once operational, the five projects will add approximately 116 MW of new renewable capacity, which will provide about 356,000 megawatt-hours per year of clean renewable energy to New York.

Projects (in order of size) are:

  • Ball Hill Wind Farm, Western New York – RES America Developments will build a 100-MW wind farm in Chautauqua County, in the towns of Villenova and Hanover. 
  • Orbit Energy NYC, New York City – Orbit Energy will build a 9.6-MW anaerobic digestion biogas-to-electricity facility in Staten Island that will use food waste and other organic materials provided by area restaurants, supermarkets and food manufacturers.  
  • Lyons Falls Mill Hydro, North Country – Northbrook Lyons Falls LLC will add 5.2 MW to an existing hydroelectric facility in Lewis County, resulting in a total installed capacity of more than 11 MW.  
  • Morgan Stanley Headquarters, New York City – Morgan Stanley will install a 790-kW fuel cell in its Manhattan offices, where the technology’s low-emissions generation will contribute to load reduction, system reliability and cleaner electric power.  
  • Fulton Unit 2, Central New York – Erie Boulevard Hydropower LP, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, will install a new 560-kW minimum flow turbine at a hydroelectric facility in Oswego County. This unit will generate electricity using minimum flows required by the project’s license, making use of this energy resource while protecting the environment.

“The expansion of large-scale renewables is critical for New York State to realize its aggressive and achievable economic clean energy goals,” said Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. “Under the Governor’s REV strategy, New York continues to pave the way in getting more and diverse clean energy innovations into our energy infrastructure and supporting economic development throughout the many regions and industries in our state.”

“These five projects will bring clean energy and economic development to both upstate and downstate, growing the state’s energy economy and supporting Governor Cuomo’s vision for a more diverse power delivery system,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “Under the State’s 2015 Energy Plan, New York now has a clear path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy resources, and these projects help advance the plan’s goals.”

Support for these projects is from the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), an initiative that promotes the development of new large-scale renewable energy resources in New York State. NYSERDA will issue one more RPS Main Tier solicitation for larger renewable projects in 2016, expected to be funded through the Clean Energy Fund. Under a newly established large-scale renewables proceeding before the New York State Public Service Commission, NYSERDA has proposed a long-term commitment to the next generation of large-scale renewables. The proposal calls for a $1.5 billion public investment over ten years, which is comparable to the level of investment made over the past decade through the existing RPS.

The projects were competitively selected through the RPS process which continues to provide price stability and greater long-term certainty to contractors through contract terms of up to 20 years. This is the second solicitation for 20-year contracts. The weighted average award price for this 10th Main Tier solicitation is $24.57 per megawatt-hour of production over the 20-year terms of the awarded contracts.

In total, NYSERDA’s ten RPS Main Tier solicitations have funded 69 projects, generating more than 5.3 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually.

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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.