Public Service Commission Grants Certificate for Wind Energy Project
On December 15, 2011, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, subject to certain conditions, for Stony Creek Energy LLC's wind energy project, which will be located in the Town of Orangeville, and will consist of up to 59 wind turbine generators. The turbines will range up to 430 feet in height. As part of its decision, PSC authorized Stony Creek to start development of a substation site for interconnection with New York State Electric & Gas Corporation's facilities. Also, Stony Creek was approved for lightened regulation as an electric corporation for wholesale market operations, and its debt financing plans were approved. The installation of the wind turbines may only commenced upon the company providing third party certification that turbine design and manufacturing process conform to appropriate codes and industry standards and that expected performance standards will be achieved. Stony Creek is authorized to begin substation site development, and after providing more plan details, start construction of the substation and interconnection to a 230 kV transmission line owned by NYSEG. Environmental review of the project was conducted pursuant to SEQRA and Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law by the Town, which is designated as the lead agency pursuant to the SEQRA process. The PSC was an involved agency under SEQRA. On the basis of consideration of the relevant environmental impacts presented in the Final EIS, and a review of the documents filed by the parties, commented filed by non-parties, and a response to the materials filed, the PSC granted a certificate for construction of the wind farm.