Epsilon's noise experts have been working with clients throughout New York State on both wind and solar energy projects as they proceed through the Article 10 permitting process. One of these projects is NextEra’s proposed Eight Point Wind Energy Center project.
New York is looking to deliver a portion of its energy from renewable energy options and is actively developing wind and solar projects throughout the state. Any new renewable energy project greater than 25-MW must comply with New York's Article 10 permitting regulations.
Epsilon’s noise experts have been working with clients on New York State wind farm and solar projects as they proceed through the Article 10 permitting process. The regulation provides a streamlined process for the siting review of new or modified major electric generating facilities in New York State by the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment.
Over the past six years, Epsilon has completed the noise portion of the Article 10 permit application for over 25 wind energy and solar projects. One of these projects includes NextEra’s proposed Eight Point Wind Energy Center. We led the long-term ambient noise and meteorological monitoring which meant coordinating among clients and landowners to take measurements around the area of the proposed wind turbines. Epsilon collected and processed meteorological data, ambient noise analyses, and completed predictive modeling of future impacts to be used for the noise portion of the Article 10 permit application that secured Certificates to Operate from the New York Siting Board.
The Eight Point Wind Energy Center will have a maximum generating capacity of 101.8 megawatts from an estimated 31 wind turbines located on land leased from owners of private property in the towns of Greenwood and West Union. The renewable energy project will strengthen the area’s position as a leader in renewable energy; thus helping the State of New York to meet its renewable energy goals. This project will also deliver other benefits including new jobs, taxes, and economic development to towns within the project area.