The New York State Public Service Commission on Feb. 13 said that it will hold a public statement hearing and procedural conference on Feb. 20 in the Village of Silver Creek to receive comments on Ball Hill Wind Energy’s request for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a planned wind electric generating facility in the towns of Villenova and Hanover, Chautauqua County.
The commission said that since the project was approved at the local level, the commission’s main role is to determine whether the correct procedures were followed for that approval and whether the developer is financially viable to build and operate the project.
For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public statement hearing, there are other ways to provide comments to the commission, including via the state Department of Public Service website under Case Number 18-E-0654, the commission said, noting that comments are requested by March 8.
As noted in Ball Hill’s October 2018 petition, the facility will be built, owned, and operated by Ball Hill, which is a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas).
The facility will provide about 100 MW of electric generating capacity using 29 Vestas 3.45-MW, or similar, turbines, 23 of which would be built in Villenova and the remaining six in Hanover. Ball Hill also said that in addition to the turbines, the facility would include an approximate 25.6-mile, 34.5-kV electrical collection system – the majority of which would be installed underground – and a new substation to interconnect with the National Grid 230-kV system in Hanover.
The project site consists of about 256.6 acres – about 147.6 acres in Villenova and about 109 acres in Hanover – within the approximate 9,715-acre project area, Ball Hill said.
The project has received a renewable energy credit (REC) contract from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and intends to sell its output on a competitive basis. Ball Hill added that it intends to develop, finance, build, and operate the project as a merchant facility without relying on cost-of-service rates set by either a federal or state regulatory entity. Ball Hill said that it intends to sell capacity, electricity, and ancillary services through the wholesale competitive markets administered by the New York ISO (NYISO) or through the award of competitive requests for proposals (RFPs).
Ball Hill noted that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September 2015 announced that the project was selected by NYSERDA as the largest of five large-scale, clean energy projects that will help the state meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goal to increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources.
Among other things, Ball Hill said that deliveries of towers/turbines are expected to begin in mid-May 2020.