The New York State Public Service Commission on May 29 said that an evidentiary hearing regarding Eight Point Wind, LLC’s application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build and operate a 16.5-mile, 115-kV transmission line will be held on June 13 – and continuing daily as needed – before administrative law judges at the commission’s Albany offices.
The primary purpose of the hearing is to receive into evidence and permit cross-examination of all parties’ prefiled testimony and exhibits, the commission said.
As TransmissionHub reported, the new overhead interconnection transmission line 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 a January 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.
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.
Eight Point Wind is an affiliate of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), according to the application.