EDP pursues permitting for 78-MW Arkwright Summit wind project in New York

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is taking comment until Dec. 9 related to an application from EDP Renewables North America LLC for a water permit for the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm, which would be located in Chautauqua County, New York.

EDP’s Arkwright Summit Wind Farm LLC is proposing to construct a wind energy generation facility in the Towns of Arkwright and Pomfret in Chautauqua County. The project will consist of 36 turbines for a total anticipated nameplate generating capacity of 78.4 MW.

The project will also include construction and operation of a single permanent meteorological tower, a system of gravel access roads, electrical collection and communication cables, a generator lead line, an operations and maintenance facility, a point-of-interconnect substation, and a collection substation. Construction of the project will also require a temporary construction staging area to store project components (laydown yard), accommodate construction trailers, and provide parking for construction vehicles. Impacts to two wetlands will total 1.41 acres of permanent fill, 1.98 acres of temporary disturbance, and 5.04 acres of permanent forest conversion. Impacts to the one hundred-foot upland buffers of these wetlands will total 12.3 acres of permanent fill, 1.91 acres of temporary disturbance, and 17.37 acres of permanent forest conversion.

A cultural resources survey has been completed and cultural resources were identified. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have an adverse impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. The department must consult further with OPRHP before making a final decision regarding the issuance of the permit.

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