New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid on Sept. 30 told the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) that construction activities for a project, which involves building about 14.5 miles of 115-kV electric transmission facilities from the State Street substation in Cayuga County to the Elbridge substation in Onondaga County, will begin on or shortly after Oct. 14.
The companies requested a “notice to proceed with construction” letter from the chief of the Environmental Certification and Compliance Section of the Office of Electric, Gas and Water.
Under the PSC’s Feb. 25 order granting a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project, the companies said that they enclosed certain documents for filing with the PSC, including:
- All permits that NYSEG has received from state and municipal officials required for work at municipal road and highway crossings
- A copy of the permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for construction in federal wetlands affected by the project
- A copy of the clearance letter received from the New York State Historic Preservation Office
- A copy of the generic form of the notice to be sent to persons who own properties that abut the facility right of way (ROW), and persons who reside on such properties, of the planned construction activities and schedule affecting their residences
- Copies of the required Department of Transportation Highway Work Permit and Use and Occupancy Permit
NYSEG confirms that all required construction materials for all transmission line project components are either located at a marshaling yard, in a certificate holder’s warehouse or other routine certificate holder inventory stocking location, or on order from a vendor with a scheduled delivery date prior to the time scheduled for its use in the project, the companies said.
As noted in a Sept. 30 “construction start notice general,” the project consists of building a new 115-kV electric transmission circuit; increasing the capacity of an existing 115-kV electric transmission circuit; installing improvements to National Grid’s existing Elbridge substation. All of the work will take place in the City of Auburn and Towns of Throop, Brutus and Sennett in Cayuga County, and the Town and Village of Elbridge in Onondaga County, the notice said.
The project, according to the notice, is needed to reinforce the electric transmission system in NYSEG’s Auburn Division.
The location of the project route is generally along existing 115-kV electric transmission ROWs, which run about 14.5 miles from the State Street substation to the Elbridge substation, the notice said.