New York board sets up review of 449-MW Bull Run wind project

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment issued an Aug. 12 notice about a pre-application meeting on the Bull Run Energy LLC wind project.

Bull Run Energy, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC, intends to file an application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, pursuant to Article 10 of the Public Service Law, for construction of a wind energy facility in the Towns of Clinton, Ellenburg, Altona, and Mooers, in Clinton County, New York. The project location borders the Adirondack Park to the south and the Canadian border to the north.

Construction would consist of up to 150 wind turbines, together with associated underground and overhead collection lines, access roads, permanent meteorological towers, laydown areas, and an operation and maintenance building. During the Siting Board’s review of the project, the design and layout will be informed by a number of factors, including environmental studies, wildlife studies, electrical studies, land leasing, cultural assessments, and public input.

Bull Run proposes to interconnect the project with the electric system by constructing an approximately four-mile overhead 230-kV alternating current transmission line at a proposed switchyard to be built adjacent to the New York Power Authority’s Ryan-Plattsburgh 230 kV transmission line in the Town of Ellenburg. The transmission facility would be a major utility transmission facility subject to Public Service Law Article VII, which means it cannot be built or operated without a separate Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need issued by the Public Service Commission. Bull Run plans to file a separate application for permission to construct and operate the proposed that transmission line.

In July, Bull Run filed a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS). The preliminary scoping phase of this proceeding will determine the nature and scope of the studies Bull Run must undertake to develop the information that must be included in Bull Run’s formal application for an Article 10 Certificate.

A pre-application conference in this proceeding will be held on Sept. 21 before Administrative Law Judge Kevin Casutto of the Department of Public Service, and Administrative Law Judge Maria E. Villa of the Department of Environmental Conservation. The pre-application conference will be in Mooers, New York. The conference has two primary purposes. First, it will enable the judges to ask questions, and to possibly make contemporaneous rulings, on previously-filed requests for intervenor funds. Second, during the conference, the judges will explain and possibly initiate the stipulations process.

Comments on the PSS are due by Aug. 17, and requests for pre-application intervenor funding are due by Aug. 29.

The PSS said that Bull Run Energy plans the project to have a maximum generating capability of up to 449 MW from an estimated 130–150 wind turbines.

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