Apex advances 110-MW Galloo Island Wind project in NY review process

Galloo Island Wind LLC, in a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) filed June 6 at the New York State Public Service Commission, said it intends to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL).

Under the rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, any applicant proposing to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility under Article 10 must submit a PSS. It must file an electronic copy and 10 paper copies with the Siting Board no less than 90 days before the date on which an application is filed. Within 21 days after the filing of this PSS, in this case by June 27, any person, agency or municipality may submit comments on this PSS by serving such comments on the applicant and filing a copy with the secretary.

Galloo Island, a unit of Apex Clean Energy, plans an approximately 110.4-MW wind project located within the Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York. The facility will be located on the approximately 1,966-acre Galloo Island in Lake Ontario. The majority of land on Galloo Island, approximately 1,936 acres, is owned by one landowner and is under option by the applicant.

Project components include the installation and operation of up to 32 wind turbines, together with approximately 14 miles of associated electric collection lines and access roads, collection substation (including the main power transformers), two permanent meteorological towers, one operation and maintenance (O&M) building along with potable and waste water treatment, a barge landing site, a permanent structure for proposed overnight accommodations, a helicopter landing site, a borrow area, a temporary batch plant, and a temporary construction staging/laydown area, 

Prior to submitting this PSS, a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan was filed with the Siting Board. The initial draft of the PIP was submitted to the Siting Board on June 16, 2015, comments on the PIP were received from the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) on July 15, 2015, and the PIP was updated, finalized and filed by the applicant on August 14, 2015. On May 9, 2016 an update to the PIP was provided to the Siting Board to update the project contact information.

The company noted that Upstate NY Power Corp., an unrelated third party, previously proposed a wind project on Galloo Island in 2007 which was known as the Hounsfield Wind Farm. Specifically, the Hounsfield Wind Farm was an 84 turbine project capable of generating up to 252 MW and was evaluated through the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) acting as the lead agency. Through the previous SEQRA process, the resources on Galloo Island, and the impacts associated with constructing and operating a wind power project on Galloo Island, were thoroughly evaluated. It is the applicant’s understanding that the project was abandoned and is now no longer feasible because Galloo Island Wind Farm LLC has an option to purchase the majority of land on the island.

The project contact information is: Apex Clean Energy, Court Square Building, 310 4th Street NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (315) 215-2934 (o), (434) 220-3712 (f).

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