Atlantic Wind, a unit of Avangrid Renewables, filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a Public Involvement Program plan in support of its impending application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need on the up-to-350 MW Mad River Wind Farm Project.
This project is to be located in the town of Worth, Jefferson County, and the town of Redfield, Oswego County, New York. Under state law, a prospective certificate applicant is required to submit a proposed PIP plan for review by the Department of Public Service (DPS) staff at least 150 days prior to the filing of a Preliminary Scoping Statement.
The proposed electrical interconnection location for the project would be along the Volney–Marcy 345-kV transmission line, though the exact location is still under development and will be updated as project details are refined. At this time, it is likely that interconnection line will require separate review and approval under Article VII of the Public Service Law, the company noted.
Avangrid is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,000 MW of owned and controlled wind and solar generation in the United States. It has developed over 50 wind farms in the United States alone including two in New York State: Maple Ridge and Hardscrabble. Maple Ridge produces enough electricity to power up to 160,000 average New York State homes. Hardscrabble features 37 American-made Gamesa wind turbines which produce enough electricity to power over 25,000 typical New York State homes each year.
The Mad River Wind Farm Project will be located on leased private land that is rural in nature. The actual footprint of the proposed facilities will be located within the leased land, and will enable landowners to continue existing land uses, such as forest management operations. The proposed project consists of the construction and operation of a commercial-scale wind power project, including the installation and operation of wind turbines, together with the associated collection lines (below grade and overhead), access roads, meteorological towers, and operation and maintenance (O&M) building.
The Mad River project is expected to produce enough electricity to meet the average annual consumption of about 60,000 households, based on an average annual electricity consumption for a New York State residential utility customer of 10.932 MWh.