Invenergy’s Canisteo Wind works on approval for 291-MW project in New York

The Canisteo Wind Energy NY LLC (CWE) affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a June 17 update on its Public Involvement Program plan for a 290.7-MW wind project.

Canisteo Wind plans to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL). Pursuant to the rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, applicants proposing to submit this application must submit a Public Involvement Program plan (PIP). 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). This document is the PIP plan for the Canisteo Wind Energy Center. It has been revised from a prior version based on suggestions from commission staff.

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

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

CWE 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 located in the Towns of Cameron, Canisteo, Greenwood, Jasper, Troupsburg, and West Union in Steuben County, New York. The project area includes the Marsh Hill Wind Farm mentioned above. There will be no electrical or permitting connection between the two projects, though.

Currently there is no on-site O&M crew serving Marsh Hill; the turbines are maintained by staff based at the Invenergy’s O&M Facility in Sheldon, N.Y. Once CWE should become operational, it would develop an on-site O&M staff for both the CWE and Marsh Hill turbines.

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 on State Rt. 36 in the Town of Hornellsville.

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

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