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The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) has approved compliance filings for four wind farms in upstate New York. The compliance filings, considered among the last steps before a project becomes operational, relate to the following projects: Eight Point Wind, a 101.8MW wind farm in the Towns of Greenwood and West Union in Steuben County; Bluestone Wind, a 124MW wind farm in the Towns of Windsor and Sanford in Broome County; Baron Winds, a 242MW wind farm in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland, Steuben County; and Number Three Wind, a 105.8MW wind farm in the Towns of Lowville and Harrisburg, Lewis County.
Bluestone Wind’s compliance relates to the submission of the final complaint resolution, emergency action, site security, health and safety, and curtailment plans, as well as bald and golden eagle, bat and avian monitoring and protection measures and net conservation benefit plans. Baron Winds’ compliance relates to emergency procedures, site security, turbine lighting, maps and site plans, bat curtailment, eagle mitigation, avian and bat-monitoring and adaptive management plans as well as installation of aircraft detection lighting systems. Eight Point Wind’s compliance relates to shadow flicker caused by wind turbine operation; avian and bat monitoring and adaptive management, and net conservation benefit plans. And finally, Number Three Wind’s compliance relates to net conservation benefit plans for grassland birds, plans for post construction bat and avian monitoring, emergency response plans, site security plans, and operations and maintenance plans, including for facility and corridor-vegetation management plans.
These four projects are among the 18 renewable energy projects approved to date by the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board). Taken together, solar and wind farm projects approved by the Siting Board will generate more than 2,510 MWs of clean, renewable energy.