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The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized the construction and operation of a wind energy project capable of generating up to 229 MW of electricity in the towns of Clinton and Ellenburg in Clinton County and connecting with an existing New York Power Authority transmission line.

In granting a certificate of public convenience and necessity, the PSC included appropriate conditions to assure that the public-interest considerations regarding reliability of the interconnected electric grid are addressed and that the management of the facility in a safe and environmentally sound manner is appropriate using the wind turbines proposed by Marble River LLC, a joint venture of Horizon Wind Energy LLC and AES-Acciona Energy NY LLC.

"Given the fact that fossil fuels are becoming increasingly expensive and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, it is in our best interests to foster the development of renewable energy sources, including wind power projects, whose output can be delivered to the electric grid," says PSC Chairman Garry Brown. "The Marble River project will generate electricity utilizing renewable resource technology to provide clean and renewable supplies of electricity to the wholesale energy market."

Marble River plans to build up to 109 wind turbines, each rated at 2.1 MW. Marble River intends to sell the project's output into the wholesale markets through bilateral contracts and the spot markets administered by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) or adjacent control areas. The company intends to sell renewable energy credits or environmental attributes to buyers, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, green-tag marketers and other buyers. In addition, Marble River intends to offer capacity, voltage support and ancillary services to the NYISO markets.

SOURCE: The New York State Public Service Commission

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