NYPA Press Release
New NY Wind Farm Supported by NYPA Substation Connection
December 29, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA—The New York Power Authority has completed work at a Franklin County substation that will help send 77.7 megawatts of renewable energy from the Jericho Rise Wind farm to the New York power grid.
The wind farm, located in the towns of Chateaugay and Belmont, are owned by EDP Renewables North America LLC. NYPA energized the equipment, including 37 wind turbine generators, and placed the project into commercial operation earlier this month after it was linked to the Willis substation in Chateaugay.
“There’s a significant amount of effort and coordination that goes into connecting these wind farms into our transmission system – from planning all the way through to construction oversight, testing and commissioning,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “NYPA is always looking to support the growth of renewable generation in New York State and find new and innovative ways to support the efforts of renewable energy developers.”
The Jericho Rise Wind Farm is the sixth wind farm in Northern New York that NYPA has connected to its statewide transmission system. The effort is helping to bring more renewable energy to customers in the New York City area, where the majority of the state’s power is consumed.
The wind farm also supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of all electricity used in New York come from renewable sources by 2030. It is also consistent with the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build an energy system in New York that is cleaner, more resilient and affordable. Increasing access to renewables and other distributed energy resources is a major component of REV.
NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50% of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.