Calpine kicks off New York approval process for 125-MW Bluestone Wind project

The Bluestone Wind LLC subsidiary of Calpine Corp. (NYSE: CPN) opened up an approval process with New York regulators on Oct. 4 with the filing at the New York State Public Service Commission of a Public Involvement Program plan for a 125-MW project.

Bluestone Wind will be seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need under Article 10 of the Public Service Law to construct the Bluestone Wind Farm Project, an approximately 125-MW facility to be located in the towns of Windsor and Sanford, Broome County, New York. A prospective certificate applicant is required to submit a proposed Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan for review by the Department of Public Service (DPS) staff at least 150 days prior to the filing of a Preliminary Scoping Statement. The Oct. 4 filing was that PIP. 

The project consists of the construction and operation of a commercial-scale wind project, including 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 applicant proposes to construct a collection substation, a 115-kV electrical transmission line approximately four miles in length, and a point of interconnect substation, which will interconnect with the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) existing Afton-to-Stilesville 115-kV transmission line in the Town of Sanford.

The PIP noted that in early 2015, Calpine launched a new development group with the goal of being a long-term owner and operator of wind energy projects throughout the U.S. Calpine’s wind development team has more than 40 years of experience and has developed over 2,500 MW of greenfield wind energy projects, which are in operation currently.

A project contact is: Alec Jarvis, Director of Development, Calpine Corp., 717 Texas Avenue, Suite 1000, Houston, TX, 77002, Phone: (207) 956-1169, Alec.Jarvis@calpine.com.

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