New York regulators will not require investigation of National Grid refurbishment project

New York state regulators will not require an investigation of National Grid USA’s proposed Stoner-Rotterdam #12 115-kV Line Conductor Clearance Refurbishment Project.

The work proposed to the 115-kV overhead electric transmission facility, located in the towns of Johnstown and Perth in Fulton County, N.Y., the towns of Amsterdam and Florida in Montgomery County, N.Y., and the towns of Princetown and Rotterdam in Schenectady County, N.Y., has been reviewed, according to the Jan. 16 letter from the state Department of Public Service to National Grid.

As TransmissionHub reported, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) on Dec. 2, 2013, told Niagara Mohawk d/b/a National Grid that its Part 102 Report submitted in relation to its project is deficient.

The DPS, on behalf of the PSC, noted at the time that it would not start its review of the report until the deficiencies have been remedied and that it will have 60 days to review the report once it is appropriately fixed.

Part 102 of the DPS regulations establishes filing requirements for reports to install non-Article VII electric transmission facilities.

In response to the DPS’ Dec. 2 letter to the company, National Grid on Dec. 5, 2013 responded in a letter to the DPS with regard to the deficiencies.

The company noted that the project, as proposed, is located on an existing utility corridor with some sparsely populated rural residential areas adjacent to the right-of-way (ROW). While some of the rural residential areas will be crossed to access the project area, off-ROW access roads have been sited to follow existing access ways to the greatest extent practical.

National Grid further noted that visual impacts associated with the project are expected to be minimal. However, since National Grid realizes that adding intermediate structures has the potential to affect residential areas, to aid in the evaluation of the project, the company said it developed a table indicating the distance to the closest residence from each proposed intermediate structure. For instance, structure “178A” would be about 835 feet from the nearest residence.

Among other things, the company said the work associated with the project will include placing a total of 13 intermediate structures and installing 19 floating dead ends in the entire corridor.

On Dec. 10, 2013, National Grid replied again to the PSC with several responses, including that the line was built in about 1938, and the final engineering analysis will be complete on Jan. 23.

Among other things, the company also noted that the project is scheduled for winter construction and it anticipates minimal crossings of agriculture areas to facilitate the work that is required in the area.

National Grid is a subsidiary of National Grid plc.

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