The New York State Public Service Commission on Jan. 25 said that public comment is sought on Eight Point Wind, LLC’s request to build and operate a new overhead, 115-kV interconnection transmission line that would begin at a new, proposed collection substation in Greenwood, N.Y., and would travel about 16.5 miles to interconnect with the facilities located in New York State Electric and Gas’ (NYSEG) existing 115-kV Bennett substation in Hornellsville, N.Y.
The proposed line would require installation of steel monopoles, steel 3-pole structures, wood H-frame, and wood 3-pole structures at 143 locations along the proposed route, the commission added in its notice of information forums and public statement hearings.
The new collection substation in Greenwood is being reviewed and would have to be approved by the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment in a separate proceeding (Case 16-F-0062), the commission said.
Opportunities for public information and comment regarding Eight Point Wind’s request will be provided at information forums and public statement hearings to be held on Feb. 27 in Hornell, N.Y., the commission said.
For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public statement hearing, there are other ways to comment about the case to the commission, including through the commission’s website (Case Number 18-T-0202). Comments submitted via those alternate means will be accepted throughout the pendency of the proceeding, but are requested by March 6, the commission added.
As noted in the March 2018 application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need filed by Eight Point Wind with the commission, Eight Point Wind is planning to build, operate, and maintain the Eight Point Wind Energy Center (EPWEC), which consists of the construction of a utility scale wind energy generation project located in Steuben County, N.Y. The EPWEC is proposed to be located in the towns of Greenwood and West Union, N.Y.
The proposed transmission line is needed in order for the EPWEC to deliver its output to the New York State bulk transmission grid for the benefit of electric consumers, Eight Point Wind said, adding that the New York ISO (NYISO) reviewed the systems reliability impact study related to the interconnection of the project to the transmission grid and the project has moved into the NYISO 2017 Class Year Facility Study.
The proposed line would pass through the towns of Greenwood, Hartsville, and Hornellsville in Steuben County, with the route beginning at the proposed 34.5-kV collection substation in Greenwood, northeast of the corner of Town Line Road and Christian Hollow Road, which is being permitted as part of the EPWEC Article 10 application, Eight Point Wind said.
The entire right of way (ROW) is on private lands for which there are existing agreements with the landowners, except in locations where roadways are crossed, Eight Point Wind said, noting that road use agreements for those crossings will be obtained, where applicable.
The route terminates at the NYSEG Bennett substation on the east side of NY-36 in the Town of Hornellsville, and that substation will be modified to accommodate the new 115-kV line. Eight Point Wind also said that it has been in consultation with NYSEG regarding the project and the required upgrades.
Among other things, Eight Point Wind said that the environmental studies and environmental impact assessment for the project were conducted by it and its consultant, TRC Solutions, Inc., as well as subconsultants working under their direction. In sum, Eight Point Wind said, those studies concluded that, after employing mitigation measures and best management practices, the construction of the project would result in limited, temporary environmental effects, including vegetative clearing, work in wetland and stream buffers, and the typical sounds associated with a construction project.
Eight Point Wind is an affiliate of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), according to the application.