New York PSC to not require investigation of Central Hudson’s proposed rebuild project

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will not require an investigation of Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s proposal to rebuild a major portion of the existing single-circuit 69-kV G Line Transmission Line, with the rebuilt portion to be known as the G Line North Transmission Line.

The PSC also said in its April 21 letter to the company that the work proposed to rebuild the G Line North, starting in the Town of LaGrange and terminating in the Town of Pleasant Valley, has been reviewed.

As TransmissionHub reported, the G Line North would run from the Todd Hill substation on Bushwick Road in the Town of LaGrange, northerly for about eight miles to Central Hudson’s Structure #1494, which is located about 1.4 miles north of the Tinkertown substation in the Town of Pleasant Valley.

The company also said in its Part 102 Report filed with the PSC that the length of the line to be rebuilt in the Town of LaGrange is about 4.4 miles, while the length of the line to be rebuilt in the Town of Pleasant Valley is about 3.6 miles.

The existing G Line, which is about 85 years old, and the proposed rebuild for G Line North run entirely within Dutchess County, N.Y., the company said.

The G Line, which is currently supplied from the Knapps Corners substation on Spring Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie, runs in a northerly direction and adjacent to, but does not connect to, the existing Todd Hill substation. The line then continues on to connect to the Tinkertown substation and from there, runs to its termination at the Pleasant Valley substation in the Town of Pleasant Valley, the company added. In the rebuilt configuration, the G Line North would be supplied at a voltage of 69 kV from a new 115/69-kV transformer to be installed at the Todd Hill substation.

Three new disconnect switches would be mounted on the newly installed double pole Structure #1494, which would replace the existing lattice tower type structure to be removed, the company said. The remaining portion of the G Line North from Pole Structure #1494 to the Pleasant Valley substation is not being rebuilt as part of the project. The company further noted that the poles and wire for the portion of the existing G Line that runs from the Knapps Corners substation to the Todd Hill substation would be retired.

The company said that modifications to Todd Hill substation would be completed prior to the in-service completion date of the G Line North rebuild.

Construction of the G Line Rebuild is planned to begin in mid-2017, and the project’s estimated completion date is in mid-2018, according to the company.

The purpose of the project is to replace aging and deteriorated electric transmission infrastructure that has reached its end of useful life, as well as to provide a comprehensive rebuild of the line, which meets current electric utility design standards and provides enhanced storm hardening, the company said.

The portion of the existing line to be rebuilt includes a mixture of deteriorating original wood poles – about 50% of the total – and self-weathering steel poles of varying types and configurations, which were installed over previous years to replace deteriorated wood poles on an as-needed basis, the company said. As part of the rebuild and upgrade for the G Line North, all of the existing poles would be replaced with new self-weathering steel poles, which would range from about 52 feet to 75 feet tall, the company said.

Central Hudson is a Fortis (NYSE:FTS) company.

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Corina Rivera-Linares was TransmissionHub’s chief editor until August 2021, as well as part of the team that established TransmissionHub in 2011. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial from 2005 to 2011. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines.