N.Y. siting board schedules hearings regarding 101.4-MW wind project

The project would interconnect to the electrical grid along National Grid’s Lighthouse Hill to the Black River 115-kV transmission line in the Town of Rodman, the board said

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on July 30 said that it will hold public statement hearings on Aug. 6 in the Village of Lowville in Lewis County, N.Y., to receive comments on the Atlantic Wind LLC proposal to build and operate a 101.4-MW wind energy project in the towns of Pinckney and Harrisburg in Lewis County.

An informational forum is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a public statement hearing at 6:30 p.m., the board said, adding that a procedural conference will be held on Aug. 7 in Copenhagen, N.Y., before administrative law judges of the state Department of Public Service and state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The project would interconnect to the electrical grid along National Grid’s Lighthouse Hill to the Black River 115-kV transmission line in the Town of Rodman, the board said.

According to a local road study for the project prepared by Fisher Associates for Atlantic Wind and filed with the New York State Public Service Commission in February along with other project documents, the proposed wind powered electric generating project includes the installation and operation of up to 25 wind turbines and associated underground and overhead electrical collection lines, access roads, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance building, collection substation, point of interconnection (POI) switchyard, and an overhead interconnection line connecting the collection and POI substations. The filing also noted that the project would be supported during construction by a laydown yard and a batch plant.

The board said in its July 30 statement that other ways to comment on the project are online at www.dps.ny.gov (Case Number 16-F-0267); by email to secretary@dps.ny.gov; by mail or delivery to Secretary Burgess at the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350; and by telephone at 1-800-335-2120.

While comments will be accepted throughout the pendency of the proceeding, comments are requested by Oct. 4, the board said.