N.Y. siting board to consider 105.8-MW wind project at Nov. 12 meeting

Number Three Wind, which is a subsidiary of Invenergy, LLC, is proposing to build and operate 31 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 105.8 MW

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Nov. 5 said that it will meet on Nov. 12 at the New York State Public Service Commission’s offices in New York City to consider Number Three Wind LLC’s application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build and operate a proposed 105.8-MW wind facility in the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg in Lewis County, N.Y.
Number Three Wind, which is a subsidiary of Invenergy, LLC, is proposing to build and operate 31 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 105.8 MW, access roads, an electrical collection system, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance building, as well as electrical interconnection facilities. The board added that the electrical interconnection facilities would include a project substation, a 115-kV switchyard, and an overhead, approximately four-mile, 115-kV interconnection line connecting the substation to the switchyard and then to National Grid’s Lowville-Bremen transmission line.
As TransmissionHub reported, Number Three Wind, in its April application filed with the commission, said that it initially applied for authority to install up to 43 turbines in order to ensure that the proposed facility would deliver up to the 105.8-MW interconnection requested, but that it has since reduced the maximum number of turbines to 31 based on use of 26 GE 3.6-137 and 5 GE 2.3-116 wind turbine generators.
Each turbine would consist of an enclosed monopole support tower, a nacelle atop each tower containing electrical generating equipment, and a three-blade rotor attached to each nacelle, Number Three Wind said, adding that the maximum tip height of the WTG’s would be between 450 feet and 600 feet above ground.
Number Three Wind noted that it has completed its application for interconnection to the New York State electric system administered by the New York ISO (NYISO) for connection to transmission facilities owned and controlled by Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid. The proposed facility has been assigned #531 in the interconnection queue with an anticipated in-service date of September 2020, Number Three Wind said, adding that as a result, it requests that the commission grant its petition simultaneously or in conjunction with the completion of the siting board proceeding.
Among other things, Number Three Wind said that the proposed facility would sell its energy output into the wholesale markets through the spot markets administered by the NYISO. Number Three Wind noted that it would sell renewable attributes associated with the facility’s electricity under a contract executed with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in 2016, which was awarded under a request for proposals (RFP).
That RFP allocated a total funding commitment of about $360m with a weighted average price for those contracts estimated at $24.24 per renewable portfolio standard program (RPS) attribute, Number Three Wind said.