Article VII of the New York Public Service Law sets forth a review process for the consideration of any application to construct and operate a major utility transmission facility. The law defines major utility transmission facilities according to technical criteria including capacity and above-ground length.
The transmission line interconnecting the Eight Point Wind Energy Center to the Bennett Substation in Hornellsville will be a 115 kV line greater than 10 miles in length and falls within the Article VII regulations.
Enacted by the New York State Legislature in 1970, Article VII establishes a single forum for reviewing the need for, and environmental impact of, certain major electric and gas transmission facilities. The law requires an applicant to apply for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) and meet the Article VII requirements before constructing any such facility.
Article VII is separate from the Article 10 process which applies to the generation portion of the Eight Point Wind Energy Center. The two review processes will run in parallel.
Additional information on Article VII can be found at the following links:
Article VII Documentation
On March 29, 2018, Eight Point Wind, LLC filed its application with the New York State Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need pursuant to Article VII of the New York Public Service Law, for the construction, operation and maintenance of approximately 16.5 miles of new overhead, 115 kV interconnection transmission line.
The Project would begin at the collection substation in Greenwood, New York proposed to be built by the Applicant as part of its Article 10 application submitted to the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, to construct and operate the Eight Point Wind Energy Center.
On December 20, 2018, Eight Point Wind’s Article VII Application was deemed compliant by the Public Service Commission.
On January 25, 2019, the New York State Public Service Commission issued a Notice of Information Forums and Public Statement Hearings. These hearings will occur on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Courtroom in the Hornell City Hall.
On October 18, 2019, the State Of New York Public Service Commission granted Eight Point Wind, LLC a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) to construct and operate a 16.5-mile 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and associated facilities (Project or Facility). The completion of this Project will enable EPW to connect the generation from its Wind Energy Facility to the bulk power transmission system. The Certificate can be found here.
A copy of the Eight Point Wind Article VII Application and related documents can be found here.
Physical copies of Article VII-related documents will also be available at:
Herrick Memorial Library, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802
Canisteo Town Hall, 6 South Main Street, Canisteo NY
Greenwood Town Hall, 2696 Main Street, Greenwood, NY
Hartsville Town Hall, 5150 Purdy Creek Road, Hornell, NY
Hornellsville Town Hall, 4 Park Avenue, Arkport NY
Jasper Town Hall, 3807 Preacher Road, Jasper, NY
Troupsburg Town Hall, 873 Main Street, Troupsburg, NY
West Union Town Hall, 3128 NYS Route 248, Rexville, NY
Jasper Free Library, 3807 Library Street, Jasper, NY 14855
Wimodaughsian Free Library, 19 West Main Street, Canisteo, NY 14823
City of Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee Street, Hornell, NY 14843