The Heritage Wind LLC subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy on Nov. 23 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission its blueprint for citizen involvement in the approval process for a 200.1-MW wind project.
Heritage Wind is in the lead-up process for an application to be filed to construct a major electric generating facility under Article 10 of the state’s Public Service Law (PSL). Under the rules of the New York State Board on Electric Generating Siting and the Environment, applicants for such a project under Article 10 must submit a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan. The Nov. 23 filing was a PIP for the Heritage Wind project. The PIP must be submitted to the Department of Public Service (DPS) for review at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS).
The project is intended to be an approximately 200.1-MW wind facility to be located in the Town of Barre, Orleans County, New York. The proposed interconnection point for the project is within the Town of Barre along National Grid‘s existing Shelby-Sweeden 115-kV power line.
The approximate size of the project study area is 35,300 acres. It is expected that the project will evolve during the development and study phases, and consequently an updated project boundary will be included in the subsequent Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) and the formal application.
At this time, the project company expects to submit its Preliminary Scoping Statement in February 2017. Thereafter, the time frame for filing the application will depend on the public comments received in response to the PSS, stakeholder discussions about study scope and methodology, completion of study work in furtherance of the application, and potential negotiation of any stipulations between parties to the case.
The project website, which is up and running, is www.heritagewindpower.com.
A project contact is: Ben Yazman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (585) 563-5137, 310 4th Street NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902.