N.Y. regulators seek comments on approximately 20-mile, 345-kV Empire State Line

An evidentiary hearing was held in mid-January, the commission said

New York regulators are seeking comment by April 30 on NextEra Energy Transmission New York, Inc.’s (NEETNY) petition seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) in order to build and operate the approximately 20-mile, 345-kV Empire State Line (ESL) Project.

The project, which involves the transmission line and associated switchyards, would be located in the Town of Royalton in Niagara County and the towns of Alden, Newstead, Lancaster, and Elma in Erie County, the state Public Service Commission added in its April 16 notice.

In connection with the proposed project, NEETNY has obtained municipal consents from the towns of Newstead, Royalton, Elma, and Lancaster to occupy and traverse their public property, the commission said.

PSL Section 68 requires electric corporations to obtain a CPCN prior to building an electric plant and before such electric corporations’ exercise municipal consents, the commission said, noting that NEETNY would be considered an electric corporation by virtue of its ownership of the ESL Project, which, if authorized, would qualify as an electric plant.

An evidentiary hearing was held in mid-January, the commission said.

As TransmissionHub reported, the New York ISO in October 2017 said that its board has selected the “Empire State Line Proposal” from NextEra Energy’s (NYSE:NEE) NEETNY to address the public policy need for new transmission in western New York.

Interested persons may file comments — under Case 18-E-0765 — online at the state Department of Public Service’s website, www.dps.ny.gov., or by email to secretary@dps.ny.gov. Among other things, the commission said that comments may also be entered by telephone at 1-800-335-2120, and mailed to the Honorable Michelle L. Phillips, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350.