N.Y. regulators seek comments on proposed New York Energy Solution

Opportunities for public information and comment regarding Transco’s request will be provided on April 6 in Pleasant Valley; April 14 in Milan; April 15 in Hudson, N.Y.; and April 16 in Castleton-On-Hudson, N.Y., the commission said

The New York State Public Service Commission on Feb. 25 said that public comment is sought on New York Transco LLC’s request for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need under Public Service Law Article VII for authority to build the New York Energy Solution Project.

The project would consist of the:

  • Installation of a new, 54.5-mile, 345-kV electric transmission line to be colocated with existing 115-kV electric transmission lines on new monopoles between a new 345-kV Knickerbocker switching station in the Town of Schodack, Rensselaer County, a rebuilt 115-kV Churchtown switching station in the Town of Claverack, Columbia County, and the existing 345-kV and 115-kV Pleasant Valley substations in the Town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County
  • Replacement of 2.2 miles of 115-kV electric transmission line in an existing right of way (ROW) that extends from the existing 115-kV Blue Stores substation to a tap with the existing National Grid #8 115-kV LaFarge to Pleasant Valley line
  • Installation of a 0.8-mile, double-circuit, 345-kV electric transmission line to run between the existing 345-kV Pleasant Valley substation and a new 345-kV Van Wagner capacitor bank station

The commission added that the project would be in existing electric transmission corridors or on adjacent utility owned land in Schodack; the towns of Stuyvesant, Stockport, Ghent, Claverack, Livingston, Gallatin, and Clermont in Columbia County; and the towns of Milan, Clinton, and Pleasant Valley in Dutchess County.

Transco also proposes to work with Orange and Rockland Utilities and Central Hudson Gas & Electric to develop additional, related infrastructure upgrades previously required by the commission, including upgrades to the Rock Tavern substation, as well as upgrades to the Shoemaker to Sugarloaf transmission lines.

Opportunities for public information and comment regarding Transco’s request will be provided on April 6 in Pleasant Valley; April 14 in Milan; April 15 in Hudson, N.Y.; and April 16 in Castleton-On-Hudson, N.Y., the commission added.

Other ways to comment include on the internet at www.dps.ny.gov (Case Number 19-T-0684); via email at secretary@dps.ny.gov; by mail to Hon. Michelle L. Phillips , Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 12223-1350; and by telephone at 1-800-335-2120.

The commission added that while comments submitted via those alternate means will be accepted throughout the pendency of the proceeding, they are requested by May 15.

As TransmissionHub reported, Transco said in its October 2019 certificate of environmental compatibility and public need application that the planning and permitting phase of the project is anticipated to end in November 2021, while the construction phase is expected to begin in December 2021 and continue through December 2023. Construction would be relatively continuous during that time, starting at the northern end of the project area and moving south, Transco added. The new 345-kV Knickerbocker switching station would be completed over a two-year timeline, and the rebuilt 115-kV Churchtown switching station would be complete by the end of 2022. The new Van Wagner Capacitor Bank Station and upgrades to the existing 345-kV Pleasant Valley station would be complete by the end of 2023, which is also when the project is anticipated to be operational, Transco added.

Transco has as its corporate members Consolidated Edison Transmission, LLC, Grid NY LLC, Avangrid Networks New York TransCo, LLC, and Central Hudson Electric Transmission LLC.