New York agency seeks input on permit for 77.7-MW Jericho Rise Wind project

The New York Department of Environmental Quality is taking comment until March 4 on an application from Jericho Rise Wind Farm LLC out of Houston, Texas, for a Clean Water Act permit on a wind farm project to be located in the Towns of Chateauguay and Bellmont in Franklin County, N.Y.

The application is for a Section 401 Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification.

“The current project site includes approximately 5895 acres of leased private lands that are roughly bound by State Route 11 to the north, the Chateauguay River to the east, Brainardsville Road to the south and the Burke/Chateauguay town boundary to the west,” said an agency notice. “The project is situated within the St. Lawrence-Champlain Lowlands, north of the Adirondack Park boundary. The project area is a mixture of forest land and agricultural fields.

“In addition to the 37 turbines, each with a nameplate capacity of 2.1 megawatts, the project will include construction and operation of a single permanent meteorological tower, a system of gravel access roads, electrical collection and communication cables, and a substation. Temporary impacts will include a laydown area for construction.”

This project is listed on the website of EDP Renewables. On the EDP website is both a draft environmental impact statement and a November 2015 supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) prepared by local governments. Said the SEIS about the project: “The revised Project will consist of up to 37 wind turbine generators (WTG) each with a nameplate capacity of 2.1 megawatts (MW), for a total anticipated nameplate generating capacity of 77.7 MW. However, to allow for flexibility on final site selection, the Applicant is also evaluating and seeking approval for six alternate turbine sites, for a total of up to 43 sites being assessed in this SEIS. The total project size is limited by the interconnection request approved by the New York Independent System Operator at 77.7 MW. The WTGs that will ultimately be constructed for the Project have not been determined. However, the largest WTGs presently being considered for the Project are the Gamesa G114-2.1 WTGs. For the purpose of presenting a conservative analysis, the assessment of potential environmental impacts throughout this SEIS assumes that the Project will use Gamesa G114-2.1 WTGs.”

The project contact is: Jericho Rise Windfarm LLC, 808 Travis Street, Suite 700, Houston, Texas 77002, Aron Branam, Phone (503)-535-1519.

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