New York regulators seek comments, schedule public hearings on proposed NYSEG, National Grid 115-kV line

New York state regulators are seeking comment on the joint application in which New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and National Grid USA request a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build about 14.5 miles of 115-kV electric transmission line in Cayuga and Onondaga counties in New York.

The line traverses the city of Auburn and the towns of Throop and Brutus in Cayuga County, and the town and village of Elbridge in Onondaga County, running between NYSEG’s State Street substation in Auburn and National Grid’s Elbridge substation in the town of Elbridge, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) added in its Dec. 2 statement.

Public statement hearings will be held on Dec. 9 and 10.

The PSC on July 9 told Iberdrola USA, of which NYSEG is a subsidiary, and National Grid that their application for the certificate needed more information. NYSEG responded the next day in disagreement.

In a Nov. 13 notice of public statement hearings, the PSC noted that the project will require the companies to acquire property rights outside existing rights-of-way (ROWs) for proposed widening of ROWs.

That notice came on the heels of the companies filing on Nov. 12 revisions to their initial application in which they noted that the principal elements that the supplement adds to the complete application are the relocation of an existing line and the increase in the capacity of an existing circuit by rebuilding an existing line and busing two other existing lines.

Specifically, the two new elements are:

  • The relocation and reconductoring of National Grid’s existing 115-kV Line 15 on the National Grid ROW to create “Relocated Line 15.”
  • The increase in the capacity of the existing 14.5-mile circuit between the State Street substation and the Elbridge substation by rebuilding NYSEG’s existing 115-kV Line 972 in the NYSEG ROW to create “Rebuilt Line 972,” and busing National Grid’s existing 115-kV Lines 5 and 15 on the National Grid ROW to create “Bused Line 5.”

The companies also noted that in the initial application, the proposed line was to be sited on the south side of the National Grid ROW from the intersection of the NYSEG ROW and National Grid ROW to mile 4.4, where the line was to cross to the north side of the ROW. In the supplement, that crossover is proposed to be located at Mile 5.0.

Among other things, the companies said that the supplement will include the removal of the retired National Grid Line 5 and its associated structures from the intersection of the NYSEG ROW and National Grid ROW to Mile 5.0.

Iberdrola is a subsidiary of Iberdrola S.A. National Grid is a subsidiary of National Grid plc.

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