Cricket Valley accepts New York okay for power line to 1,000-MW project

Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC sent a May 16 letter to the New York State Public Service Commission accepting the commission’s April 20 approval of a power line for its 1,000-MW combined-cycle project.

In 2013, the commission granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC to build the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a combined-cycle, natural-gas-fired, 1,000-MW facility in the Town of Dover in western Dutchess County. As a condition of that certificate, Cricket Valley was obligated to design, engineer and construct supporting transmission facilities in accordance with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Class Year 2011 Facilities Study (or such later study as might become applicable).

Said the April 20 commission order: “By this order, we grant to Cricket Valley Energy Center, LLC (Cricket Valley), pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law (PSL), a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) to construct and operate a new, approximately 14.6-mile 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line connecting the planned Energy Center to the Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc., (Con Edison) Pleasant Valley Substation, located in the Town of Pleasant Valley in eastern Dutchess County (the Proposed Line).

“In addition, Cricket Valley would reconductor an approximately 3.4-mile segment of the existing 345 kV Line 398, from the Energy Center, continuing east to the New York-Connecticut state line, in the Town of Dover, and construct related improvements to the Pleasant Valley Substation, including new protection and communication system upgrades that would be required within the existing control buildings at the substation (collectively, the Proposed Line, reconductoring, and related improvements will be referred to as the Project or Facility). The route of the Proposed Line has been designed to minimize potential adverse environmental impacts, including impacts on active farming operations and the local agricultural economy.

“The Proposed Line would be routed within an existing right-of-way (ROW) occupied by Con Edison’s 345 kV Transmission Line 398. The Proposed Line would be constructed parallel to Con Edison’s Line 398, within the existing 250 feet-wide ROW from the Energy Center through the Dutchess County towns of Dover, Union Vale, LaGrange and Pleasant Valley. Because Line 398 is located 50 feet north of the 250 foot ROW center line, Cricket Valley proposes to build the new structures 50 feet south of the center line, leaving approximately 100 feet separating the two lines. No additional ROW will be required to accommodate the Proposed Line. Cricket Valley does not anticipate requiring any new property rights for this Project.

“Likewise, the portion of Line 398 running east from the Energy Center to the New York-Connecticut state line would be reconductored within the existing ROW. After passing into Connecticut, the existing transmission line continues to the Long Mountain 345 kV Substation in New Milford.”

The May 16 acceptance letter is from Robert De Meyere, Vice President of Development, Advanced Power Services Inc., and Project Manager for the Cricket Valley Energy Center project.

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