NYISO queue update – 48 wind projects

Forty-eight wind projects (including two Long Island Cable projects) are in the NYISO queue to ultimately connect to the state’s electric grid.

These projects represent a total of almost 7GW of summer peak production, and have an average size of 144 MW summer peak production. The numbers are relatively high owing to the scale of the few offshore products in the queue.

Here for a full table of current wind projects in the NYISO queue.

NYISO white paper on potential benefits of energy storage in NY electricity markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has released a 16-page white paper highlighting the possibilities “Energy Storage in the New York Electricity Markets”. The document discusses potential benefits of energy storage, including those relating to intermittent sources of power generation, such as wind:

Wind power, in terms of both capacity and generation, has surged in New York State in recent years. Since the beginning of 2007, more than 1,200 megawatts of wind capacity has been added to the grid. The continued growth of wind as a generation resource is expected for the foreseeable future due to a variety of factors including open access to the grid, price signals provided by NYISO’s wholesale electricity markets, the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), New York’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the potential for Federal programs controlling carbon emissions.

The NYISO Interconnection Queue includes almost 7,000 megawatts of wind power projects, which represent about 40% of the generating capacity in the queue. While there are no guarantees that all of the proposed projects will be built, the significant number of potential projects is an indicator of the positive prospects for further wind development in New York State.

Energy storage resources, combined with the NYISO’s pioneering wind dispatch system, can help New York take full advantage of its wind power resources….

Source: NYISO, Energy Storage in the NY Electricity Market.  Also, NYISO press release. (3/2010)

NYS wind power developments

From news and web sources:

Cattaraugus County legislature to take part in panel analyzing wind farm tax incentives. Buffalo News, 2/27

Town of Hartsville enacts one-year wind development moratorium. Canisteo Valley News, 2/26 &  Hornell Evening Tribune 2/27

NYISO announces that for first time ever, wind power contributes 1,000 MW to the grid, at approximately 6:00 p.m. on February 19. NYISO, 2/26. See related opinion piece in Albany Times Union, 3/1.

Town of Orleans discusses low frequency sound and wind turbines. Watertown Daily Times, 2/27

Town of Richmondville examines wind development law. Times Journal, 2/25

Babcock & Brown conducts balloon test demonstrating  height of turbines in Town of Westfield. Such balloon tests will be used by the company to produce visual simulations of the turbines from various vantage points.  Post-Journal, 2/27

More wind projects in NYISO queue

Since last reporting on the NYISO interconnection queue, four more wind projects have requested to join New York’s electricity grid. These are:

  • Stone Church Wind in St. Lawrence county, a project of Atlantic Wind, LLC (Summertime generation rating of 150 MW)
  • Gateway Wind Energy, Schenectady, RP Wind NY, LLC (79.2 MW)
  • Hamlin Wind Farm, Monroe, Hamlin Wind, LLC (80 MW)
  • Barre Wind Farm, Orleans, Barre Wind, LLC (120 MW)

Seventy-seven wind-related projects accounting for nearly 9,000 MW in nameplate generation (summer) are now in the NYISO interconnection queue.

NYISO interconnection queue includes three more wind projects

Since last reporting on the NYISO interconnection queue, three more wind projects have requested to join New York’s electricity grid. These are:

  • Noble Environmental Power’s 100.5 MW project, Harrigan Hill Wind in Clinton-Ellenburg (Clinton County);
  • Ashford Wind Farm’s 18.9 MW project, Ashford Wind, presumably in Cattaraugus County; and
  • TCI Renewables’ 57 MW project, Leicester Wind, in Livingston County

Seventy-five wind projects accounting for 8,550 MW in nameplate generation (summer) are now in the NYISO interconnection queue. The median summer generation capacity for these wind projects is 99 MW. Ten wind projects have been added to the queue in 2008. Overall, there are 162 projects of all types in the queue accounting for almost 35,000 MW in nameplate generation.

Separately, at least 22 wind projects have been withdrawn from the NYISO queue.

The April 22 NYISO queue is reported here.

Wind energy projects in the New York queue

So how much potential wind energy in New York are we talking about? And where is it?

An excellent source to turn to for real data on real wind projects is NYISO, whose mission is to operate the state’s bulk electricity grid and administer the state’s wholesale market for electricity.

NYISO reports data on those projects that are in the “queue” — projects that have applied to connect to New York’s electric grid.

As of April 22, 2008, 72 such wind projects were in the queue, ranging from Schenectady International’s 9.3 megawatt facility in Rotterdam to Winergy Power’s 601 megawatt New York City project, scheduled to be online in 2015.

The state’s grid is divided into several market zones (maps of which may be found at NYISO’s website). NYISO information shows that Zone A in the western part of the state, has the most (twenty) queued wind projects. Zones C (Central) and E (Mohawk Valley) are next with eighteen each, although Zone E projects are roughly 30% larger (by generation) than Zone C projects on average. Summary data are found below.

Market Zone & Counties

Projects

MW (summer)

MW Project Average

A (West)
Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming

20

2251

113

C (Central)
Bradford, PA; Cayuga; Cortland; Ontario; Steuben; Tioga – Schuyler; Tioga, PA; Wyoming; Yates

18

1872

104

D (North)
Clinton, Franklin-Clinton, Ontario

12

916

76

E (Mohawk Valley)
Delaware, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Otsego

18

2337

130

F (Capital)
Rotterdam, Schoharie

2

79

40

J (N.Y.C.)
New York

1

601

601

K (Long Island)
Suffolk

1

299

299

Totals

72

8355

116