RG&E, others to file joint proposal for Rochester Area Reliability Project by Nov. 30

A New York administrative law judge (ALJ) has granted a modification to the schedule pertaining to the Rochester Area Reliability Project (Case 11-T-0534).

Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), a regulated utility of Iberdrola S.A., has applied to state regulators for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the construction of the project, about 23.6 miles of 115-kV line in the city of Rochester and the towns of Chili, Gates and Henrietta in Monroe County, N.Y.

According to TransmissionHub data, the project involves 1.9 miles of 345-kV circuit from the Chili substation to the Henrietta substation. Among other things, the project also includes 9.8 miles of 115-kV circuit from Chili to Gates and 11.3 miles of 115-kV from Chili to Station 23 Rochester.

In a Nov. 13 motion, RG&E requested that ALJ Eleanor Stein issue an order directing the parties – including RG&E and state Department of Public Service (DPS) staff – to file by Nov. 30 a joint proposal, together with a proposed schedule for initial and reply statements in support or opposition and an evidentiary hearing on the joint proposal; or a request for additional time to make such a filing; or a proposed litigation schedule for this proceeding.

The other parties are the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

NYPA’s involvement in the state Public Service Commission’s (PSC) proceeding on the proposed RG&E transmission line pertains to the proposed route of the line, which includes a segment that runs parallel with the right of way of two NYPA 345-kV transmission lines from its Niagara project. 

According to the ALJ’s ruling, no party has expressed a differing view on the proposed revision to the schedule.

The ALJ also said that according to RG&E, the negotiating parties have made progress and have continued to conduct sessions and exchange settlement drafts.

A spokesperson for Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of Iberdrola S.A., told TransmissionHub on Nov. 20 that according to PSC regulations, the specifics of settlement negotiations cannot be discussed.

He also said that a ruling like this is a typical step in the process of obtaining a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project.

Similarly, a DPS spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Nov. 20 that settlement discussions are confidential, adding that if a joint proposal is agreed upon, it would be subject to public comment, hearing and review by the PSC.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.