Invenergy pursues New York okay for 290-MW Canisteo Wind project

The Canisteo Wind Energy NY LLC affiliate of Invenergy LLC filed with the New York State Public Service Commission on April 13 a public outreach plan for the 290.7-MW Canisteo Wind Energy Center, to be located in Steuben County, New York in the towns of Cameron, Canisteo, Greenwood, Jasper, Troupsburg, and West Union.

Canisteo Wind noted that it has submitted an interconnection request and that the New York ISO is performing an interconnection feasibility study for the project. Under Article 10 of the Public Service Law, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (the Siting Board) requires an applicant proposing to construct a major electric generating facility to submit a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan for review by the Department of Public Service (DPS) at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement. The April 13 filing is the project’s preliminary PIP plan for review by the DPS.

Canisteo Wind is an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC. Invenergy is a utility-scale power producer developing renewable energy projects in the New York State energy market. Invenergy has developed over 60 wind farms in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including these three New York wind farms:

  • High Sheldon Wind Farm, 75 turbines located in the Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County.
  • Orangeville Wind Farm, 58 turbines located in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County.
  • Marsh Hill Wind Farm, 10 turbines located in the Town of Jasper, Steuben County.

Canisteo Wind intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of the project, except for the interconnection switchyard, which it will be construct and then transfer to New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), which will own, operate, and maintain the switchyard.

The developer is planning the project to have a maximum generating capability of 290.7 MW from an estimated 90 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property. Project facilities will include commercial-scale wind turbines, access roads, buried and overhead electric collection lines, a project substation, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and electrical interconnection facilities. CWE anticipates the interconnection facilities will include an overhead 115-kV interconnection line approximately 10 miles long from a project substation to NYSEG’s Bennett substation in the Town of Hornellsville.

This transmission line would be subject to Public Service Law Article VII, rather than the Article 10 process. Canisteo Wind said it plans to submit its Article VII and Article 10 applications concurrently and as part of its PIP outreach activities will describe the transmission line and the wind energy facility.

Canisteo Wind expects the project will operate at an annual net capacity factor (NCF) of 32%. This means that if built at the maximum expected generating capacity of 290.7 MW, it would generate approximately 814,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy per year.

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