Ball Hill Wind makes changes to 100-MW project planned for New York

Ball Hill Wind Energy LLC, which is developing a 100.5-MW project, on Oct. 28 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission further information about its project.

At the request of the Department of Public Service Staff, Ball Hill Wind Energy filed the Executive Summary of the Amended Application for a Wind Overlay Zoning District and other documents that have been submitted to the Town of Villenova, Chautauqua County, New York, dated Sept. 19, 2016. The attached excerpt from the amended application describes the modification of the proposed transmission interconnection from a 230-kV transmission line to a 5.7-mile, 115-kV transmission line.

Ball Hill Wind Energy, a commercial business unit of RES Group Inc., proposes to develop, construct, own, operate and maintain an approximately 100.5-MW wind energy facility to be known as the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project in portions of the towns of Villenova and Hanover in Chautauqua County.

The amended application for the creation of a Wind Overlay District, for the issuance of a Special Use Permit and an increase of a maximum height restriction would allow for the use of newer, more efficient turbine technology that was not previously available.

Said the amended application filed with the town: “This Amended Application is the continuation of the development of the previously proposed Noble Ball Hill Windpark project utilizing the same project area, but will incorporate new turbine technology in a modified project layout described below. In January 2016, as part of this continued development, the Applicant submitted a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (‘SDEIS’) which included and analyzed a different layout and turbine technology than had been proposed in the 2008 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In this portion of the Amended Application, we will describe the new layout of the Project and how it differs from the layout proposed in the SDEIS.”

The applicant is now proposing to install 29 Vestas V126 3.45-MW wind energy conversion systems. In the SDEIS, two similar wind turbines were presented and analyzed – the Vestas V-110 2.2-MW and the General Electric 2.3-MW models.

The amended application includes a 5.7-mile overhead 115-kV transmission line to bring the electricity from a project substation north to a switchyard where it will interconnect with the existing 230-kV National Grid Dunkirk-Gardenville transmission line.

Ball Hill Wind Energy on May 12 had petitioned the Chair of the New York Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment for a declaratory ruling. Ball Hill requested that the chair decide that a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project is not required pursuant to Section 162(4)(d) of the Public Service Law. Ball Hill said in that application it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RES America Developments Inc. (RES America). The RES Group of companies have constructed over 160 renewable energy projects with a total capacity of more than 9,000 MW around the world. The project company’s website is at: http://www.ballhillwind.com/

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