New York regulators to hold hearings May 30 regarding PSEG LI’s proposed 138-kV line

The New York State Public Service Commission on May 22 said that it will hold two public statement hearings on May 30, in Mineola, N.Y., regarding PSEG Long Island’s (PSEG LI) request to build and operate a new 138-kV, underground transmission line in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, N.Y.

PSEG LI must obtain a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the commission in order to build the project, which involves the construction of a second circuit between the East Garden City substation in Uniondale and the Valley Stream substation in Lynbrook. The commission added that the project, which would be located wholly within the Town of Hempstead, would traverse the villages of Garden City, Malverne, and Lynbrook. The project would be built primarily within municipal public roadway rights of way (ROWs) for a total distance of about seven miles, the commission said.

A company spokesperson on May 23 told TransmissionHub that the project’s total estimated cost is $176m, and that if approved, the construction phase is anticipated to begin in fall 2019, with a planned in-service date of December 2020.

During the scheduled informational sessions, PSEG LI representatives will provide a brief overview of the project, and New York State Department of Public Service staff will describe generally the Article VII review process, the commission said. Those presentations will be followed by a brief opportunity for questions and answers, the commission noted, adding that each information session will conclude at least five minutes before the public statement hearing is scheduled to begin.

The information sessions will be held at 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., while the public statement hearings will be held at 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., the commission said.

Comments can also be submitted to the commission by June 15, under Case 17-T-0752 – Western Nassau Transmission Project, the commission said.

According to the company’s website, the new line would make the system more resilient and would improve redundancy. The line must be installed by 2020 for PSEG LI to continue to maintain a safe, robust, and reliable system, and remain in compliance with mandatory federal regulations, the site noted.

The commission, in a March 19 order, granted certain waivers requested by PSEG LI regarding the project. For instance, the company requested a waiver of the requirement that the application include a system reliability impact study or system impact study (SIS). The commission added that according to PSEG LI, no such study is needed because the project would have minimal impacts on system interface transfer capability. The company noted that the staff of the New York ISO (NYISO) has confirmed that no SIS is required because the project is expected to affect system interface transfer capability by less than 10 MW.

The commission added that there is no opposition to that waiver request and it appears that the company has complied with NYISO policy.

“The granting of this waiver will in no way lessen our review of the project under Article VII, including our review of the engineering justification for the line and of the impact of the project on the electric system,” the commission said. “[The company’s] requested waiver … is therefore granted.”

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