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Galloo Island Wind Farm underwater route to be investigated

Galloo Island Wind Farm developer Upstate NY Power Corp told the Public Service Commission that an underwater route requires an up-front buyer for the electricity from the project.

In a letter (PDF format) from Thursday following up from an Oct. 13 conference call, attorney Robert W. Burgdorf, Nixon Peabody, Buffalo, said the sub-aquatic route for a line from Galloo Island to a substation in the town of Scriba requires more investigation into engineering, regulatory, financing and technical considerations.

“Most importantly, for the sub-aquatic route to be even potentially viable, a threshold requirement is that the Applicant must obtain a sufficient contract for power off-take (also known as a Power Purchase Agreement of ‘PPA’),” he wrote.

Jefferson and Oswego counties are both proponents of the underwater route after local residents rose up in opposition to the developer’s preferred route. The preferred route made landfall in Henderson, then ran south through Ellisburg to a substation in the town of Mexico.

The developer again pushed the preferred route as the most feasible.

“While the original proposed route and the other land-based alternatives present the most reasonably economic method of delivering the power from the Project to the public, the sub-aquatic alternative has the advantage of being preferable from an aesthetic standpoint,” Mr. Burgdorf.

Future teleconferences are planned for 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. April 14 to report the status of a power purchase agreement and analysis of the four possible routes.