Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid on May 2 told the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) that the Mohican-Battenkill 115-kV Transmission Project was placed in service on April 28.
As TransmissionHub reported, the company in February 2011 filed an Article VII application with the PSC for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need under Article VII of the Public Service Law for the rebuild project.
National Grid sought authorization for the reconstruction and reconductoring of about 14.2 miles of two of its existing 115-kV electric transmission lines between the Mohican substation in Saratoga County, and the Battenkill substation in Washington County. The two lines are the Mohican-to-Battenkill Line 15 and a portion of the Mohican-to-Luther Forest Line 3, formerly known as Mohican-to-North Troy Line 3.
The lines as they existed before the project are referred to as the “existing line,” and as National Grid proposes to rebuild and reconductor them in the project as the “facility,” according to the company.
The facility has been designed to operate, like the existing lines, at a nominal system voltage of 115-kV alternating current. The voltage of initial operation of the facility will also be 115-kV.
As noted in a June 23, 2015, order, the PSC in September 2013 granted National Grid a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build, operate and maintain the major utility transmission facility that includes two components: rebuilding and reconductoring the Mohican-to-Battenkill Line 15 and rebuilding or reconductoring a portion of the Mohican Luther Forest Line 3 between the Mohican substation and the Battenkill substation.
The certificate contained several requirements for compliance, including a requirement that Niagara Mohawk submit plans detailing the facility design, construction and environmental controls (the EM&CP). The company filed a proposed EM&CP for approval in January 2015. The company filed additional information supplementing the proposed EM&CP in February 2015; again supplemented the EM&CP with additional information in March 2015; and filed revised documents in May 2015, addressing comments and concerns from the state Department of Agriculture & Markets.
The PSC, in the order issued and effective on June 23, 2015, approved the EM&CP filed by National Grid, subject to certain conditions, including that National Grid provide final “for construction” foundation and retaining wall designs and plan and profile drawings for staff acceptance at least 10 days prior to beginning construction.