The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Oct. 17 went out for comment on Eight Point Wind LLC’s intent to apply to the board for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need on a 102-MW wind project located within the Towns of Greenwood, Troupsburg and West Union in Steuben County.
Construction would consist of up to 32 wind turbines, together with approximately 30 miles of associated electric collection lines (lines are proposed to be located primarily below grade with some overhead lines in areas where there are physical constraints), approximately 13 miles of access roads, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance building and up to three temporary construction staging areas. Eight Point Wind, a unit of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, would locate the project on leased private land.
Eight Point Wind anticipates construction of a substation and an approximately 18-mile overhead 115-kV transmission line. The transmission line would interconnect to new facilities within the existing 115-kV Bennett Substation in Hornellsville, which is owned and operated by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG). Eight Point Wind also plans to file an application with the Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval to construct and operate the proposed 115-kV transmission facility.
Any person interested in filing an application to construct a major electric generating facility in New York must first file a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) with the board. On Oct. 11, Eight Point Wind filed such a PSS. The preliminary scoping phase of this proceeding will determine the nature and scope of the studies Eight Point Wind must undertake to develop the information that must be included in its formal application for an Article 10 Certificate. In general, such studies will identify and evaluate the potential impacts of a project on the environment, public health, and other public interest factors.
Any person, agency or municipality may submit comments on the PSS by filing comments with the board and serving such comments on Eight Point Wind. Comments must be filed within 21 days after the filing of the PSS. Therefore, all comments on the PSS must be received by no later than the close of business on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Eight Point Wind is required to summarize and reply to all comments timely filed on the PSS by filing such summary and reply with the board within 21 days of the close of the comment period. Eight Point Wind’s summary and reply to comments must be filed by the close of business Tuesday, Nov. 22.