NextEra advances 102-MW Eight Point Wind project in New York

The Eight Point Wind LLC unit of NextEra Energy Resources LLC on Oct. 11 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS), which is a key pre-application step for the company’s 102-MW wind project.

Eight Point Wind is proposing to construct a major electric generating facility in the towns of Greenwood, Troupsburg and West Union in Steuben County, New York. It needs a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL) and the Siting Board’s rules.

On Oct. 7, Eight Point Wind dispatched a check payable to the Department of Public Service for pre-application intervenor funding. The PSS follows the statutory requirements of Article 10 and the Siting Board’s rules. The PSS includes a description of the proposed facility and the studies or program of studies designed to evaluate potentially significant adverse environmental and health impacts, the results of which Eight Point Wind intends to include in its application for an Article 10 certificate.

The Eight Point Wind Energy Center will have a maximum generating capability of approximately 102 MW from an estimated 32 wind turbines located on land either leased or purchased from owners of private property in Steuben County. Eight Point Wind intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of the project, except for the point of interconnection (POI) location, which will be located within New York State Electric and Gas Corp.’s (NYSEG) Bennett Substation in Hornellsville, New York.

Said the PSS: “The Applicant has recently signed a long-term agreement to sell the Renewable Portfolio Standard (‘RPS’) attributes to a credit-worthy off-taker in New York. Project facilities currently plan to include the installation of up to 32 commercial-scale wind turbines, approximately 13 miles of access roads, approximately 30 miles of buried (and some overhead due to physical constraints) electric collection lines, a Project substation, 1-2 permanent meteorological (met) towers, an operations and maintenance (O&M) building, electrical interconnection facilities, and up to three temporary construction staging areas.

“The Applicant proposes to construct a Project substation and an approximately 18-mile overhead 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line. The transmission line will interconnect to new POI facilities within NYSEG’s 115kV Bennett Substation in Hornellsville, New York. Because the transmission line is greater than 100 kV and the length exceeds 10 miles, it will be permitted separately under Article VII of the New York Public Service Law (PSL). … Therefore, the need for, and environmental impact of, the 115 kV transmission line associated with the Eight Point Wind Energy Center will not be evaluated in detail in the Article 10 Application. Eight Point Wind anticipates that the Article VII Application will be reviewed concurrently with the Article 10 Application.”

A project contact is: David Gil, 700 Universe Blvd, FEW/JB, Juno Beach, FL 33408, telephone (561) 304-5201, david.gil@nee.com.

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