Atlantic Wind LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC, plans to seek a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the New York State Public Service Commission to construct the up-to-205-MW Horse Creek Wind Farm Project (HCWFP), to be located in the towns of Clayton, Orleans, Lyme and Brownville in Jefferson County.
A prospective certificate applicant is required to submit a proposed Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan for review by the Department of Public Service (DPS) staff at least 150 days prior to the filing of a Preliminary Scoping Statement. Atlantic Wind filed a PIP with the commission on June 21.
The project, of up to 205 MW in size, would employ 60 to 72 wind turbines. The proposed electrical interconnection location would be in the Town of Brownville.
Atlantic Wind is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables, which was formerly known as Iberdrola Renewables LLC. Avangrid has developed over 50 wind farms in the United States alone, including Maple Ridge and Hardscrabble in New York.
The approximate size of the project area boundary is currently 48 square miles. During the development phase of the project, Atlantic Wind will lease approximately 14,000 acres of land. However, once the project is constructed, the proposed permanent improvements would utilize approximately 200 acres or less, where turbines, collection lines, roads, and facilities are constructed and buffers around these features are maintained. At that point, the vast majority of previously leased land will be released from lease agreements.
While a wind turbine model has not yet been selected, a number of models would likely be considered, and a range of possible turbine heights and rotor diameters would be provided in future assessments of potential impacts. Based on currently available technology and turbine models, Atlantic Wind is presently considering turbines which are no taller than 500 feet in height. As the HCWFP proceeds through the commission review process, more detail will be provided regarding the wind turbines and all ancillary equipment/features.
The electrical collection lines will deliver generated power to a project substation located south of County Road 125 and east of County Route 54 in the Town of Brownville. The company proposes to construct a 115-kV electrical interconnection line and an interconnection/switching station located east of State Route 12 and north of Vaadi Road in the southern section of the project area, in the Town of Brownville.
Atlantic Wind previously worked on development of a preliminary version of the project through local zoning approvals and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review. Initially, around 2005, the project was proposed to be located in the towns of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme. However, the project area was later reduced to include only the Town of Clayton, and contemplated a 48- turbine wind facility producing up to 96 MW. Subsequently, the company placed its application on hold and, ultimately, the local zoning applications and SEQRA review process were not completed.
Given the number of changes to the HCWFP since the early SEQRA review, Atlantic Wind is essentially proceeding as if the current version of the project is new. As part of this, many new studies and evaluations are anticipated to take place to assess the modified HCWFP project which will be outlined in the upcoming Preliminary Scoping Statement. It is anticipated that this will be filed by the end of 2016.
Project contact information is: Atlantic Wind LLC, 2 Radnor Corp. Ctr., Ste. 200, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087, Jenny L. Briot, toll free phone 844-308-4616, local calls 315-399-0486.