Now is the last time to comment and express your concern for the proximity of this project to Iroquois and Oak Orchard Wildlife Refuges. The birding community can have a substantial role in highlighting wildlife concerns for large projects such as this. If enough people comment it is possible that ORES will decide a Hearing is needed to clarify project impacts on birds.
Persons filing written comments are strongly encouraged to post their comments on the Department of Public Service’s (DPS’s) Document and Matter Management (DMM) system. To post a comment, go to https://ores.ny.gov/permit-applications, click on Project DMM Matter Number 21-00026, and click on “Post Comments” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
NYS Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) issued a draft permit to Heritage Wind, LLC (Apex) on March 15, 2021. Apex applied in January to the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) for a permit pursuant to Executive Law § 94-c to construct and operate a 184.8 megawatt (MW) wind energy facility located in the Town of Barre, Orleans County.
Oversight for permit compliance on this project will be by a third party consultant hired by Apex not by a State agency. Three turbines (T 1 – 3) will be 2.6 miles from Iroquois National Wildlife Management Area and along with turbines T 4 – 6; all six are 0.75 miles from the northern boundary of Oak
Orchard State Wildlife Management Area. These WMAs have been designated as Important Bird Areas The turbine towers will be 675 foot with a 531 feet blade rotation area. Blades moving at 210 mph are going to be a challenge for birds trying to land in these two wildlife management areas. The tower manufacturer only recommends a setback of 1.1 x blade tip height (600 feet or 0.1 mile) as the distance to a park so they think their distance of 3/4 mile is generous. The state doesn’t have a recommended setback distance to state land.
The Permit can be found under Sr. No. 17. https://ores.ny.gov/permit-applications Click on Project DMM Matter Number 21-00026. All the other information that is publicly available on the project is also available on this website.
Written comments may also be emailed to ORES at email@example.com (be sure to include ORES DOCKET NO. 21-00026 in the subject line) or mailed to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting, Empire State Plaza, 240 State Street, P-1 South, J Dock, Albany, NY 12242. Written comments will be considered equally with oral statements delivered at the public comment hearing, provided they are postmarked by May 21, 2021, or e-mailed or posted on DMM by 5:00 p.m. on that date.
The public hearing is May 20, 2021 at 5 pm through Webex and by phone. Written comments can be received by ORES until 5 pm May 21 2021. ORES has to reply to comments by 4 pm June 4 2021.