Electricity generated by wind power in New York reached a new record, according to a Jan. 21 statement from the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).
The new record of 1,571 MW, set during the 5:00 p.m. hour on Jan. 19, eclipsed the previous record of 1,524 MW that was reached on March 2, 2015. As wind production reached 1,571 MW, it provided 9% of all energy generation in New York. The record output represents 90% of the 1,746 MW of installed wind capacity in New York State.
During that Jan. 19 wind peak, when wind was contributing 9% of generation, the other elements of the fuel mix included dual-fuel units at 24%, natural gas at 13%, other fossil at 2%, nuclear at 30%, hydro at 21% and other renewables at 1%.
Notable is that various new wind projects are in the works for New York, which means more output records will be set as time goes along. Recent examples of wind project developments include:
- Atlantic Wind LLC applied Dec. 23 with the New York ISO for interconnection of two different wind projects, representing a total of 350 MW of capacity. That is according to the latest updated list from NYISO of projects in its interconnection queue. Atlantic Wind applied for: the North Ridge Wind project, 100 MW (SP) in size, St. Lawrence County, interconnect at Colton-Malone 115 kV system of National Grid, to be commercial in December 2019; and the Horse Creek Wind project, 250 MW (SP), Jefferson County, interconnect at Indian River 115 kV system of National Grid, to be commercial in December 2019. Atlantic Wind is a unit of Iberdrola Renewables.
- Lighthouse Wind LLC on Dec. 30 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a rebuttal to the requests by several parties to strike Lighthouse Wind’s Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) on the claimed basis that the PSS does not provide adequate details regarding the Lighthouse Wind Project. Lighthouse Wind, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC, intends to apply for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for construction of this 201-MW project, to be located in the Town of Somerset, Niagara County and the Town of Yates, Orleans County. The project would interconnect with the electric system at the 345-kV Kintigh Substation in Somerset. The project site is situated parallel to approximately 12 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and extends approximately three to four miles south of Lake Ontario.
- 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. Project construction is anticipated to start shortly after Oct. 1, 2016, and be completed by Dec. 31, 2017, the department noted.
- Hudson Energy Development sent a Dec. 18 letter to the New York PSC saying that Hudson North Country Wind 1 LLC has sold its interest in the Galloo Island Wind Project to Apex Clean Energy LLC of Charlottesville, Va. The Galloo Island Wind Project is currently active in the Article 10 siting review process at the commission. The Galloo Island project is an approximately 102.3-MW wind facility to be located in the Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County. This project is located on the 1,956-acre Galloo Island in Lake Ontario, six miles from the mainland. It is to be electrically interconnected to the mainland via a 30-mile underwater AC power cable making landfall near the Mitchell Street substation in Oswego, N.Y.