Dry Lots Wind revives dormant, 33-MW project in New York

Dry Lots Wind LLC told the New York Siting Board in an April 21 letter that Northeast Wind Projects LLC (NWP) has taken over the development of the Dry Lots Wind project in Herkimer County from Ridgeline Energy.

NWP was founded to develop Community Scale Projects in the Northeast, and was the initiator of the project in 2009 prior to the involvement of Ridgeline.

With the extension of the federal production tax credits in late 2015, and the Jan. 25 issuance of a state-sponsored White Paper on a Clean Energy Standard (CES), NWP said that it sees renewed potential for the project to participate in New York’s clean energy economy. “Dry Lots Wind is well positioned to contribute to the CES, with a System Reliability Impact Study to connect to National Grid’s Schuyler-Whitesboro power line already approved by the NYISO Operating Committee, and an Article 10 Public Involvement Plan (revised in accordance with guidance from the Consumer Outreach & Education Chief) already in place,” said the letter.

The company added: “Although Dry Lots has not been conducting regular public outreach activities during the past two years due to uncertainties surrounding the New York electricity market and the future of the federal production tax credit, in anticipation of a Clean Energy Standard Order later this year Dry Lots plans to re-initiate regular PIP updates and activities and to build on the many environmental and electrical studies done for the Project.”

A project contact is: Dry Lots Wind LLC, President Patrick Doyle, info@drylotswind.com, phone (518) 452 2544.

Dry Lots Wind had in 2013 filed with the commission a public involvement plan for the 33-MW Dry Lots Wind Project, made up of 12 turbines on an isolated plateau in the Town of Litchfield, Herkimer County, N.Y.

The Dry Lots Project is located on Dry Hill in western Litchfield beside a stone quarry. The project as originally conceived and discussed with residents of Litchfield was sized at 20 MW, but new technology and the desire to maximize the production from the resource to best help the state meet its renewable energy targets led to an increase in the project capacity, which as of 2013 was at 33 MW in size.

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