Three wind projects enter the New York ISO queue in December

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. Here are the December 2015 applications to be in the queue for power-producing projects:

  • Invenergy NY LLC, Bull Run II Wind project, entered queue on Dec. 15, 145.4 MW (maximum summer output (SP)), Clinton County, to interconnect at Patnode 230 kV system of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), targeted commercial operation in December 2018;
  • NYC Energy LLC, NYC Energy project, entered queue on Dec. 16, 79.9 MW (SP), combustion turbine (fuel not given), New York, interconnect at Hudson Avenue East 138 kV system of Consolidated Edison, to be commercial in October 2017;
  • Dunkirk Power LLC, Dunkirk Unit 2, entered queue Dec. 17, 75 MW (SP), steam turbine (no fuel given), Chautauqua County, interconnect at Dunkirk 115 kv system of National Grid, commercial in December 2018;
  • Dunkirk Power LLC, Dunkirk Units 3 and 4, entered queue Dec. 17, 370 MW (SP), steam turbine (no fuel given), Chautauqua County, interconnect at Dunkirk 230 kV system of National Grid, to be commercial in December 2018;
  • Atlantic Wind LLC, North Ridge Wind project, entered queue Dec. 23, 100 MW (SP), St. Lawrence County, interconnect at Colton-Malone 115 kV system of National Grid, to be commercial in December 2019; and
  • Atlantic Wind LLC, Horse Creek Wind project, entered queue Dec. 23, 250 MW (SP), Jefferson County, interconnect at Indian River 115 kV system of National Grid, to be commercial in December 2019.

Notable is that Dunkirk Power is a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) and these queue projects are apparently re-fuelings to natural gas of three of the four coal-fired units at the existing Dunkirk power plant. Dunkirk is one of several coal-fired plants in New York being shut as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for the end of coal-fired power in the state by 2020.

Atlantic Wind is a unit of Iberdrola Renewables, which says about the Horse Creek project on its website: “The proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm would span 9,450 acres of leased private land in the Town of Clayton, Jefferson County, New York. … Horse Creek Wind is being proposed by Atlantic Wind, LLC (Atlantic Wind/Project sponsor), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, Inc. Atlantic Wind commenced the initial SEQRA review of the Project in 2005, with the submittal of a local application that contemplated a 62-turbine wind powered electric generating facility producing up to 130 MW. The company prepared a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study (DGEIS), which was deemed complete by the Town of Clayton on February 22, 2007 and was subsequently released for public review. The company placed the Project application on hold and as a result, the application expired with the Town. The DGEIS has been superseded by the current DEIS; however, the DGEIS can be found here.” That current DEIS is dated in 2011.

A feasibility study on a North Ridge Wind project of Atlantic Wind, written by NYISO, dates back to 2011.

Invenergy LLC said in October 2015 that it held an open house for the Clinton County community on the company’s proposed Bull Run Wind Energy Center. The project will be located on about 24,000 acres of private land. It would consist of 50-100 wind turbines, with a total capacity of up to 300 MW.

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