Atlantic Wind files revisions for two 100-MW wind projects in New York

Atlantic Wind LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC, on July 8 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission revised Public Involvement Program Plans (PIPs) for its North Ridge and Deer River wind projects.

Atlantic Wind is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for each project. The Department of Public Service Staff recently filed comments on the North Ridge and Deer River draft PIPs. These July 8 letters respond to those comments, where needed, with a revised version of each PIP lodged that makes changes based on DPS Staff’s recommendations.

Under the rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, applicants proposing to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility under Article 10 must submit a PIP. The PIP must be submitted to the Department of Public Service for review at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS).

The projects are:

North Ridge Wind Farm Project

North Ridge Wind Farm Project is intended to be an approximately 100-MW wind facility, to be located in the towns of Parishville and Hopkinton in St. Lawrence County, New York. The proposed project area covers approximately 33.3 square miles. During the development phase of the project, Atlantic Wind will lease approximately 8,000 acres of land, which will be spread out over this larger project area. Once the project is constructed, the proposed permanent improvements would utilize less than 100 acres, where turbines, collection lines, roads and facility components are constructed and buffers around these features are maintained.

The project will be located on leased private land and easements that are rural in nature. The project includes the installation and operation of up to 40 wind turbines, together with the associated collection lines (below grade and overhead), access roads, meteorological towers, and operation and maintenance (O&M) building. To deliver electricity to the New York State power grid, the Atlantic Wind proposes to construct a collection substation adjacent to a National Grid interconnection switching station which will interconnect with National Grid’s Colton to Nicholville 115-kV transmission line. A 34.5 kV collection system will extend from the collection substation to the wind turbines.

The North Ridge Wind Farm Project will have a nameplate capacity of 100 MW, and is expected to operate at an annual net capacity factor of approximately 32%. This means that over the course of a full calendar year the project would produce up to 280,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy (i.e., 100 MW x 24 hrs/day x 365 days x 32%).

Project contact information is: Atlantic Wind LLC, 2 Radnor Corp. Ctr., Ste. 200, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087, Contact: Jenny L. Briot, Local calls: (315) 399-0486 Toll Free: 1-844-308-4616, NorthRidgeWind@avangrid.com.

Deer River Wind Farm Project 

Atlantic Wind’s Deer River Wind Farm Project is intended to be an approximately 100-MW facility located in the towns of Pinckney, Harrisburg, and Montague in Lewis County, New York. The proposed electrical interconnection location may be located in the adjacent Town of Rodman, Jefferson County.

The proposed project area covers approximately 44.24 square miles. During the development phase of the project, Atlantic Wind will lease approximately 8,000 acres of land, which will be spread out over this larger project area. However, once the project is constructed, the proposed permanent improvements would utilize less than 100 acres, where turbines, collection lines, roads and facility components are constructed and buffers around these features are maintained.

The project will be located on leased private land and easements that are rural in nature. The project includes the installation and operation of up to 40 wind turbines, together with the associated collection lines (below grade and overhead), access roads, meteorological towers, and operation and maintenance building. To deliver electricity to the grid, the applicant proposes to construct a collection substation adjacent to a National Grid interconnection switching station, located in the Town of Rodman, which will interconnect with National Grid’s Lighthouse Hill to Black River 115-kV transmission line. It is anticipated that a 34.5 kV collection line will extend approximately six miles from the collection substation to the generation site.

The Deer River Wind Farm Project will have a nameplate capacity of 100 MW, and is expected to operate at an annual net capacity factor of approximately 32%. This means that over the course of a full calendar year the project would produce up to 280,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy (i.e., 100 MW x 24 hrs/day x 365 days x 32%).

Contact information is: Atlantic Wind LLC, 2 Radnor Corp. Ctr., Ste. 200, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087, Contact: Jenny L. Briot, Local calls: (315) 399-0486, Toll Free: 1-844-308-4616, DeerRiverWind@avangrid.com.

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