The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Dec. 30 notice about Clean Water Act permitting for Ownenergy Inc.‘s Copenhagen Wind Farm project, with the department taking public comment until Jan. 29.
Copenhagen Wind Farm LLC is proposing to develop this 79.9-MW project, featuring 40 wind turbines at 2 MW each. In addition to the wind turbines located solely in the Town of Denmark, the project involves construction of associated components, including one or two permanent meteorological towers, 13.3 miles of gravel access roads, 19.1 miles of 34.5-kV electrical collection lines, an operation and maintenance building and a collection substation.
The company would also construct a 115-kV transmission line in the Towns of Rutland and Champion and a point of interconnection substation in Rutland. The transmission line will be about 8.9 miles in length.
Project construction is anticipated to start shortly after Oct. 1, 2016, and be completed by Dec. 31, 2017, the department noted.
An Article 24 Freshwater Impact Permit has been requested for permanent wetland impacts related to three transmission line poles. An Incidental Take Permit of Endangered/Threatened Species has been requested for potential impacts to the Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat. A 401 Water Quality Certificate has been requested due to impacts on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-regulated wetlands.