The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) will hold public statement hearings on June 11 in the Town of Arcade in Wyoming County, and in the Town of Yorkshire in Cattaraugus County, to receive comments on Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC’s (ACWE) proposal to build and operate a 340-MW wind energy project in Arcade, as well as the towns of Centerville and Rushford in Allegany County, and the towns of Farmersville and Freedom in Cattaraugus County, the New York State Public Service Commission said on June 4.
The proposed wind energy project would include up to 117 wind turbines, the commission said, adding that the project is also expected to include access roads, meteorological towers, construction staging areas, a temporary concrete batch plant, and an operation and maintenance facility. The project would also include construction of collection lines to take power from the turbines and deliver it to a substation, as well as the construction of a 345-kV interconnection line to a new point-of-interconnection switchyard, the commission said.
According to ACWE’s December 2018 application for authority under Public Service Law Article 10 to build and operate the project, power from the facility would be delivered to the new point of interconnection (POI) switchyard to be located adjacent to National Grid’s 345-kV line between National Grid’s Stolle Road and Five Mile Road substations via an approximately eight-mile, 345-kV alternating current, overhead transmission facility. The transmission facility, including the POI switchyard, will be the subject of a separate application submitted to the commission, ACWE said.
ACWE said that the facility would assist the state in meeting the goals of the State Energy Plan, which include obtaining 50% of electricity consumed in New York from renewable sources by 2030 and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ACWE said that it has designed the facility layout to meet acceptable standards, as well as to minimize disturbance to forested lands and wetlands to the maximum extent practicable.
In its June 4 statement, the commission said that other ways to comment on the matter include via the state Department of Public Service’s website (case number 17-F-0282); email (email@example.com) or mail (Secretary Burgess at the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12223-1350); and by phone at 1-800-335-2120. The commission said that comments will be accepted throughout the pendency of the proceeding, but they are requested by Aug. 30.