Research Project Summary Information
Rural Wind Power Development in New York (ST6573-1)
Atlantic Renewable Enery Corp.
New York State is recognized as having about 5,000 megawatts (MW) of wind potential, enough to generate about 13 million MWH, equivalent to 10 percent of the State's electricity consumption. Through a NYSERDA contract, an Albany firm has produced a detailed wind resource atlas, characterizing the resources available for power production in New York. Two wind generating facilities entered operation during 2000 in New York, and the technology has been well accepted by the communities. Two other facilities are in various stages of development. As a result of electric power deregulation, the demand for clean energy is expected to rise as more consumers exercise their rights to chose cleaner sources of electricity.
This effort hopes to commence development, defined as the construction and operation of a wind generating facility of no less than 10 MW rated capacity, within two years of the finish of this site characterization project.
Development of a wind generating facility results in annual lease or royalty payments to New York land owners, who in most cases are farmers. Each project also fosters greater consumer acceptance of the technology and its environmental benefits. Assuming an average capacity factor of about 28 percent, a 10MW facility can offset approximately 20 tons of nitrous oxides, 40 tons of sulphur dioxide, and 11,400 tons of carbon dioxide during each year of operation.
The Contractor employed traditional wind industry analytical approaches to screen sites for attractiveness, secure land rights to erect equipment for measuring the wind resources at selected sites, assess environmental acceptability, educate and otherwise foster local community acceptance, estimate the magnitude of electrical capacity and energy at the affected site(s), and predict delivered costs of the power to expected market participants. The Contractor identified six sites, and provided more extensive information on one of those sites. (The Contractor’s more advanced work at the Flat Rock site is unrelated to this effort.) For the one extensively-studied site, the Contractor confirmed the viability of utility interconnection, signed leases with several landowners surrounding the site for both tower construction and power lines, and completed a Stage One avian risk assessment. Several bald eagle nesting sites are located within three to five miles, though this is not perceived as a problem. Further discussions on this topic are expected. The Contractor researched permits and zoning, and attended several open houses, during which public opinion was swung from negative to positive as the residents were more fully informed. Meteorological data show a 7.0 m/s wind resource. Low-cost interconnection, expected easy permitting, and a favorable community, outweigh a slightly lower resource than other sites. The Contractor is actively using the results to pursue utility-sc
Atlantic Renewable Enery Corp.
3311 Church Road-Suite 210
Richmond, VA 23233
Indigenous/Renewable Energy Resources
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R&D - Environment & Energy Res