NextEra revises plan for 103-MW Eight Point Wind project in New York

The Eight Point Wind LLC affiliate of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) on July 8 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission describing recent changes for its 103.4-MW project.

“Over the course of the past 4 months, since the filing of our Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for the Eight Point Wind Energy Center on January 29, 2016, we have engaged stakeholders on all levels and received input that we have found informative as planning for the Project has advanced,” said the company.

“This letter is meant to notify you of a modification to the Project Area and Study Area. The Project Area has been significantly reduced in size (from approximately 98,951 acres originally shown in the PIP, down to approximately 45,500 acres). The corresponding Study Area, comprising all areas within at least 5 miles of the Project Area, has similarly been reduced from approximately 324,510 acres down to approximately 222,799 acres. The reduction in the size of the Project Area is a result, in part, from our interactions with stakeholders and NextEra’s desire to develop a viable project that will minimize impacts and be welcomed by the participating communities.

“Additionally, we have now determined that the 115kV transmission line interconnect to the Bennett’s Substation is likely to be longer than originally proposed, exceeding 10 miles in length, and as a result will be permitted through Article VII rather than included in the Article 10 process. As a result those portions of the Project Area and Study Area that were specifically related only to the transmission line have also been reduced.

“As a result of these changes please note that the Host Community stakeholders now include only the Towns of Greenwood, West Union and Troupsburg. The Towns of Hornellsville, Hartsville, Canisteo, and Jasper are no longer Host Communities, however most will continue to be considered stakeholders as Adjacent Municipalities within the new Study Area. Municipalities within the Towns of Almond, Hornellsville, Woodhull and Howard will no longer be included in the Study Area and as a result will no longer be considered as stakeholders.”

Eight Point Wind plans after this initial public involvement process to submit an application to construct a major electric generating facility, the Eight Point Wind Energy Center, under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL). The PIP must be submitted to the Department of Public Service for review at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement.

Eight Point Wind’s project will have a maximum generating capability of 103.4 MW from an estimated 32 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property. Project facilities will include commercial-scale wind turbines, access roads, buried and overhead electric collection lines, a project collection substation, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance building, and electrical interconnection facilities. Eight Point Wind anticipates the interconnection facilities will include a 115-kV switchyard built adjacent to the New York State Electric and Gas 115-kV Bennett Substation, and an overhead 115-kV interconnection line.

The July 8 letter is from: Ryan Pumford, Project Developer, Ryan.Pumford@nexteraenergy.com, (561) 694-5036.

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