Number Three Wind LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind North America LLC, intends to apply to the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, said a Nov. 18 notice from the board.
Number Three Wind plans to construct a commercial-scale wind project located within the Towns of Lowville and Harrisburg in Lewis County. The project would consist of 35 to 50 wind turbines with a maximum generating capacity of 105.8 MW, together with access roads, an electrical collection system, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance building, and electrical interconnection facilities.
The interconnection facilities would 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. Number Three Wind anticipates that this transmission line will not be subject to full siting review of the Public Service Commission for major electric transmission facilities, because it will be less than 10-mile regulatory threshold.
On Nov. 9, Number Three Wind filed a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) in connection with its proposal. The preliminary scoping phase of this proceeding will determine the nature and scope of the studies Number Three must undertake to develop the information that must be included in its formal application for an Article 10 Certificate.
All comments on the PSS must be received by no later than the close of business on Thursday, Dec. 1. Number Three Wind is required to summarize and reply to all comments filed on the PSS within 21 days of the close of the comment period, which is Thursday, Dec. 22.