The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (siting board) on April 9 said that it would hold public statement hearings on April 16 in the Town of Canisteo to receive comments on the Canisteo Wind Energy LLC (CWE) proposal to build and operate a 290.7-MW wind electric generating facility in the towns of Cameron, Canisteo, Jasper, Greenwood, Troupsburg, and West Union in Steuben County.
The proposed utility scale Canisteo Wind Farm would include up to 122 wind turbines together with its associated electrical collection system, access roads, collection substation components, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance building, and other related facilities, the siting board said.
CWE proposes to interconnect the project to the power grid by building an electric transmission cable that would interconnect to New York State Electric and Gas’ Bennett substation in the Town of Hornellsville. The siting board also said that the transmission facility would be subject to review in a separate proceeding, under Article VII of the Public Service Law and would not be reviewed as part of the proposed wind project (19-T-0041).
As noted in a Nov. 1, 2018, filing by Canisteo to the siting board, the transmission facility entails an approximately 14.5-mile, 115-kV, alternating current, overhead line.
The construction and operation of the project may result in minor environmental impacts, including impacts on terrestrial ecology; impacts to avian and bat species; impacts to forested land and wetlands; and visual impacts, the filing noted. Other potential impacts commonly attributed to utility scale wind energy facilities include noise, shadow flicker, and traffic, the filing said, adding that Canisteo Wind Energy has designed the facility layout to meet acceptable standards in those areas, as well as to minimize disturbance to forested lands and wetlands to the maximum extent practicable.
The siting board said that those wishing to comment on CWE’s proposed project will have the opportunity to make a statement on the record at the public statement hearings following the informational sessions; interested persons may also file comments through the state Department of Public Service’s website – www.dps.ny.gov – as well as by email, mail, and telephone.