Cassadaga Wind LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, made a Sept. 4 filing with the New York State Public Service Commission ahead of its planned application for approval to construct a 126-MW wind project under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL).
Pursuant to 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 under Article 10 must submit a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS), which is what was filed on Sept. 4. This must be filed no less than 90 days before the date on which an application is filed.
The Cassadaga Wind Project is a 126-MW facility to be located within the Towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Arkwright, and Stockton in Chautauqua County, New York. The project will be located on leased private land that is rural in nature. The project includes the installation and operation of up to 62 wind turbines, together with about 34 miles of associated collection lines, approximately 19 miles of access roads, up to two permanent meteorological towers, one operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and up to four temporary construction staging/laydown areas.
To deliver electricity to the New York State power grid, the applicant proposes to construct a collection substation, a 115-kV generator lead line and a point of interconnection substation, which will interconnect with National Grid’s Dunkirk-Moon 115-kV transmission line. It is anticipated that the newly constructed 115-kV generator lead line will be approximately 5.5 miles in length.
The Cassadaga Wind Project will have a nameplate capacity of up to 126 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 397,353 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy (i.e., 126 MW x 24 hrs/day x 365 days x 36%).
Prior to this PSS, the applicant prepared a Public Involvement Program (PIP), the initial draft of which was submitted to the Siting Board in November 2014. Comments on the PIP were received from the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) in December 2014, and the PIP was updated, finalized and filed by the applicant on Jan. 4, 2015.