NextEra pursues 103.4-MW Eight Point Wind project in New York

Eight Point Wind LLC, which plans a 103.4-MW project, on Jan. 29 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan, which is a precursor to a formal application for approval of this project.

Eight Point Wind plans after the initial public involvement process to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility, the Eight Point Wind Energy Center, under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL). The PIP must be submitted to the Department of Public Service (DPS) for review at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS).

Eight Point Wind is an affiliate of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), one of the largest clean energy companies in North America. NextEra is a utility-scale power producer developing clean energy projects in New York State. NextEra has two operating natural gas-fired power plants in New York.

NextEra intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of this wind project, except for the interconnection switchyard. The switchyard facility will be constructed by NextEra, and then transferred to New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), which will own, operate, and maintain the switchyard.

Eight Point Wind’s project will have a maximum generating capability of 103.4 MW from an estimated 32 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property located in the towns of Canisteo, Greenwood, Hartsville, Hornellsville, Jasper, Troupsburg and West Union in Steuben County, New York. It is named the Eight Point Wind Project due to the eight points of the cardinal compass rose representing the seven local communities and the county.

Project facilities will include commercial-scale wind turbines, access roads, buried and overhead electric collection lines, a project collection substation, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and electrical interconnection facilities. Eight Point Wind anticipates the interconnection facilities will include a 115-kV switchyard built adjacent to NYSEG’s 115-kV Bennett Substation, and an overhead 115-kV interconnection line approximately nine miles long.

A project contact is: Ryan Pumford, Project Developer, Ryan.Pumford@nexteraenergy.com, (561) 694-5036.

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