Several large wind projects are working through the New York regulatory system

With the state of New York putting into place an aggressive renewable energy goal, a number of wind projects are currently advancing through the state’s regulatory approval process.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard requires New York to source 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, which is the impetus for a lot of wind farm development work.

Here are projects that have been reported on lately by GenerationHub:

  • Bluestone Wind LLC, responding to comment from New York State Public Service Commission staff, on Dec. 2 filed with the commission a revised Public Information Program (PIP) plan for a 125-MW project. A preliminary PIP had been filed on Oct. 3. Bluestone Wind, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine Corp. (NYSE: CPN) is proposing to submit an application to construct an approximately 125-MW wind facility proposed to be located in the Towns of Windsor and Sanford, Broome County, New York. It consists of up to 40 wind turbines. The applicant proposes to construct a collection substation, a 115-kV electrical transmission line approximately four miles in length, and a point of interconnect substation, which will interconnect with the existing Afton to Stilesville 115 kV transmission line of New York State Electric & Gas in the Town of Sanford.
  • The chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Nov. 28 declared an application for the 126-MW Cassadaga Wind LLC project to be complete and ready for hearing. Cassadaga Wind, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for this project. The Nov. 28 notice fixed Jan. 9, 2017, as the date for the commencement of a public hearing. This 126-MW wind farm would be located in the Towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Stockton and Arkwright, New York. The project would consist of up to 58 wind turbines. The company proposes to interconnect with National Grid‘s Dunkirk-Moon 115-kV transmission line in the Town of Stockton. It is anticipated that the newly-constructed 115 kV generator lead line will be approximately 5.5 miles in length. Cassadaga Wind said in the Oct. 28 update that it had just been picked as a winner in a request for proposals (RFP) by the New England ISO under the New England Clean Energy program. It can now proceed to the next phase of the RFP process.
  • 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). 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 is within the Town of Barre along National Grid’s existing Shelby-Sweeden 115-kV power line.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. The interconnection facilities would include a project substation, a 115-kV switchyard built adjacent to National Grids Lowville-Bremen 115-kV transmission line, and an overhead 115-kV interconnection line approximately four miles long connecting the substation to the switchyard.
  • Ball Hill Wind Energy LLC, which is developing a 100.5-MW project, on Oct. 28 filed with the New York State PSC further information about its project. At the request of the Department of Public Service Staff, Ball Hill Wind Energy filed the Executive Summary of the Amended Application for a Wind Overlay Zoning District and other documents that have been submitted to the Town of Villenova, Chautauqua County, New York, dated Sept. 19, 2016. The attached excerpt from the amended application describes the modification of the proposed transmission interconnection from a 230-kV transmission line to a 5.7-mile, 115-kV transmission line. Ball Hill Wind Energy, a commercial business unit of RES Group Inc., proposes to develop an approximately 100.5-MW wind energy facility to be known as the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project in portions of the towns of Villenova and Hanover in Chautauqua County. The applicant is now proposing to install 29 Vestas V126 3.45-MW wind energy conversion systems. The amended application includes a 5.7-mile overhead 115-kV transmission line to bring the electricity from a project substation north to a switchyard where it will interconnect with the existing 230-kV National Grid Dunkirk-Gardenville transmission line.
  • 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. 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 & Gas.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.