Number Three Wind LLC (NTW) on Nov. 8 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS), which is officially dated Nov. 9, for a 105.8-MW wind project.
The PSS includes a description of the proposed project and the studies or program of studies designed to evaluate potentially significant adverse environmental and health impacts, the results of which NTW intends to include in its later application with the commission for an Article 10 certificate.
Number Three Wind was formed May 26, 2016, for the purpose of developing, owning, and operating a wholesale generating facility in Lewis County, New York. Number Three Wind is an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC. Invenergy develops, builds, owns, and operates utility-scale renewable energy projects throughout North America. Invenergy and its affiliates have developed 65 wind farms in the United States, Canada, and Europe including the following three in New York:
- High Sheldon Wind Farm, 75 turbines in the Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY
- Orangeville Wind Farm, 58 turbines in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County, NY
- Marsh Hill Wind Farm, 10 turbines in the Town of Jasper, Steuben County, NY
NTW said it intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of the project, except for the interconnection switchyard which will be constructed by NTW and then transferred to National Grid, which will own, operate, and maintain the switchyard.
NTW’s project is to have a maximum generating capability of up to 105.8 MW from an estimated 35-50 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property located in the Towns of Lowville and Harrisburg in Lewis County. Project components will include commercial-scale wind turbines, access roads, an electrical collection system, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and electrical interconnection facilities.
NTW anticipates the interconnection facilities will include a project substation, a 115-kV switchyard built adjacent to National Grid’s Lowville-Bremen 115-kV transmission line and an overhead 115-kV interconnection line approximately four miles long connecting the substation to the switchyard.
NTW said it will later select a wind turbine model for the project based on several factors including energy production, price, availability, expected reliability and safety, and vendor support and guarantees.
NTW plans for its later Article 10 application to follow the same outline as used in this PSS. NTW is conducting public outreach activities in accordance with its Public Involvement Plan (PIP) which is available at the project website. The PIP generally describes the project and NTW, identifies stakeholders NTW anticipates will have an interest in the project, and describes NTW’s plans for ensuring stakeholders are aware of the project and the Article 10 review process.