126-MW Cassadaga Wind project advances in New York review process

The chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Nov. 28 declared an application for the 126-MW Cassadaga Wind LLC project to be complete and ready for hearing.

Cassadaga Wind, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for this project. The application consists of a filing made on May 27, together with supplemental filings made on Oct. 7 and Oct. 28. The Nov. 28 notice fixed Jan. 9, 2017, as the date for the commencement of a public hearing, subject to any modification by the Secretary to the Siting Board.

This 126-MW wind farm would be located in the Towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Stockton and Arkwright, New York. The project would consist of up to 58 wind turbines, together with access roads, above and underground 34.5 kV collection lines, an above ground 115-kV generator lead line, a collection substation, a point of interconnection substation, two permanent meteorological towers, two temporary staging/laydown yards, and an Operations and Maintenance building.

To deliver electricity to the New York State power grid, the company proposes to interconnect with National Grid‘s Dunkirk-Moon 115-kV transmission line in the Town of Stockton. It is anticipated that the newly-constructed 115 kV generator lead line will be approximately 5.5 miles in length.

Cassadaga Wind said in the Oct. 28 update that it had just been picked as a winner in a request for proposals (RFP) by ISO New England under the New England Clean Energy program. It can now proceed to the next phase of the RFP process. "While this does not guarantee a contract will be entered into, the Applicant is looking forward to the opportunity afforded by successfully proceeding to the next phase," the Oct. 28 letter added.

The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island jointly announced Oct. 25 that they have completed their evaluation of proposed projects received in response to the three-state Clean Energy RFP. Final results of the RFP will be announced to the public when executed contracts are filed for regulatory review. Cassadaga Wind was one of the announced winners. Final acceptance of bids and award of contracts is conditional upon successful negotiation of contracts and required regulatory approvals.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.