New York board plans public session on 126-MW Cassadaga Wind project

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment announced Jan. 4 that it will hold a Jan. 9 public statement hearing concerning an application filed by Cassadaga Wind LLC for authority to build and operate a 126-MW wind farm project in the Chautauqua County.

The project is proposed to be located in the Towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Arkwright, and Stockton in Chautauqua County. The project includes up to 58 wind turbines, associated collection lines (below grade and overhead), access roads, meteorological towers, operation and maintenance building, collection and point of interconnect substations, and related facilities.

The informational forum and a public statement hearing will be held before the three examiners from the Siting Board, two Administrative Law Judges from the New York State Department of Public Service, and one Administrative Law Judge from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It will be at the Sinclairville Fire Department.

Although comments will be accepted throughout the pendency of this proceeding, they are requested by March 7.

Cassadaga Wind, a unit of EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for this project. To deliver electricity to the New York State power grid, 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 an Oct. 28, 2016, update filing 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. “While this does not guarantee a contract will be entered into, the Applicant is looking forward to the opportunity afforded by successfully proceeding to the next phase,” the Oct. 28 letter added.

The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island jointly announced Oct. 25 that they have completed their evaluation of proposed projects received in response to the three-state Clean Energy RFP. Final results of the RFP will be announced to the public when executed contracts are filed for regulatory review. Cassadaga Wind was one of the announced winners. Final acceptance of bids and award of contracts is conditional upon successful negotiation of contracts and required regulatory approvals.

A Cassadaga Wind contact is: Bill Spencer, 1251 Waterfront Place, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-253-9403 (o), 412-578-9757 (f).

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