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BP files preliminary scoping statement for Cape wind project

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CAPE VINCENT — The preliminary scoping statement for the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm has been filed today, triggering a three-month countdown to BP Wind Energy’s anticipated project application to the state siting board.

Under the state’s Article X siting process, BP can submit an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for its 124-turbine wind project 90 days after the filing of the PSS.

The wind developer is yet to make public the exact size of its proposed project, and continues to use a 200 to 285-megawatt range to describe the wind farm’s energy output capacity.

The PSS reveals that BP had considered a 135-turbine project but determined it would “pose equal or greater risk of adverse environmental impacts while yielding equal or less electrical output.”

In its PSS, the wind developer also argues that local zoning laws “unjustifiably and unreasonably” restrict the placement of turbines. BP is seeking a state Article X process as it allows a state siting board to overrule what it deems to be unreasonable local laws.

“The setback requirements as stated in the CV (Cape Vincent) zoning law have the effect of unjustifiably and unreasonably restricting the placement of turbines in agricultural districts and preclude CVWP (Cape Vincent Wind Project) from placing turbines in planned and/or optimal locations within the town,” BP stated in the PSS.

Regarding setbacks, the developer states that its project “maintains setbacks to residences at one-quarter of a mile, which meets or exceeds the previous setback for residences held for either of the predecessor projects and is believed to be adequate to address health and safety concerns.”

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