Bull Run Energy LLC (BRE), a unit of Invenergy LLC, on July 25 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission its Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) for a 449-MW wind project.
The PSS follows statutory requirements for such projects. The PSS includes a description of the proposed project and the studies or program of studies designed to evaluate potentially significant adverse environmental and health impacts, the results of which BRE intends to include in its application for an Article 10 certificate.
Bull Run Energy was formed in 2015 for the purpose of developing, owning, and operating a wind facility in Clinton County, New York. Bull Run Energy is an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC (Invenergy). Invenergy is a power producer developing utility-scale renewable energy projects including in the New York State energy market. IInvenergy has developed 65 wind farms in the United States, Canada, and Europe including three New York wind farms:
- High Sheldon Wind Farm, 75 turbines in the Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY
- Orangeville Wind Farm, 58 turbines in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County, NY
- Marsh Hill Wind Farm, 10 turbines in the Town of Jasper, Steuben County, NY
BRE intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of the project, except for the interconnection switchyard which will be constructed by BRE, and then transferred to the New York Power Authority (NYPA), which will own, operate, and maintain the switchyard.
BRE plans the project to have a maximum generating capability of up to 449 MW from an estimated 130–150 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property located in the Towns of Clinton, Ellenburg, Altona, and Mooers in Clinton County. Project components will include commercial-scale wind turbines, access roads, an electrical collection system, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and electrical interconnection facilities.
BRE anticipates the interconnection facilities will include a 230-kV switchyard built adjacent to NYPA’s Ryan-Plattsburgh 230-kV transmission line and an overhead 230-kV interconnection line. This transmission line will be subject to Public Service Law Article VII, rather than the Article 10 process. BRE plans to submit its Article VII and Article 10 applications concurrently and as part of its public outreach activities BRE will describe the transmission line and the wind energy facility.
BRE will select a wind turbine model for the project based on several factors including energy production, price, availability, expected reliability and safety, and vendor support and guarantees. To provide customers increased energy production and efficiency, wind turbine vendors regularly introduce new models with longer blades and taller towers. Consequently, BRE said it must design the project for turbines it expects will be commercially available when the project begins construction, which may differ from the turbine models currently available.