N.Y. siting board to consider petition for rehearing of approval of 105.8-MW wind project

The board said on Feb. 6 that the meeting will be webcast live on the internet and can be accessed at http://www.dps.ny.gov/Webcasts.html

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Feb. 6 said that it will meet on Feb. 13 in the state Public Service Commission’s board room in Albany, N.Y., to consider a petition for rehearing of the board’s November 2019 approval of Number Three Wind LLC’s application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build and operate a 105.8-MW wind facility in the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg in Lewis County.

The board said that in its certificate and order approving the project, it determined that the wind facility met the statutory requirements for certification under Article 10 of the Public Service Law, and that Invenergy’s Number Three Wind seeks rehearing on various issues that the siting board determined in the certificate.

As noted by the board, the facility includes 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. Those interconnection facilities include a project substation, a 115-kV switchyard, and an approximately four-mile, 115-kV interconnection line that connects the substation to the switchyard and then to National Grid’s Lowville-Bremen transmission line, the board said.

In its December 2019 petition, Number Three Wind said that it seeks rehearing by the board of the order “in order to remedy the errors of law and fact identified and described” in its filing. Among other things, Number Three Wind said that the order violates the governing law in several ways, including “by adopting certificate conditions not in evidence nor proposed by any party to the proceeding, whether in evidence or in briefs, concerning which [Number Three Wind] has not had an opportunity to address.”

The board said on Feb. 6 that the meeting will be webcast live on the internet and can be accessed at http://www.dps.ny.gov/Webcasts.html.