The New York State Public Service Commission on Sept. 23 said that it seeks public comment on a request by New York Transco LLC for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for authority to build the New York Energy Solution Project, which would include a new 345-kV transmission line.
The 54.5-mile would 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.
The commission added that the project would also involve:
- Replacing 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
- Installing 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 project would be in existing electric transmission corridors or on adjacent utility owned land in the Town of 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.
The commission also said that Transco proposes to work with Orange and Rockland Utilities and Central Hudson Gas & Electric to develop additional, related infrastructure upgrades previously required by the commission, such as upgrades to the Rock Tavern substation and upgrades to the Shoemaker to Sugarloaf transmission lines.
The commission noted that a joint proposal signed by Transco, Trial Staff of the state Department of Public Service (DPS), Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Agriculture and Markets, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 97 was filed on Sept. 9.
The joint proposal states that the two, known and reviewed laydown yards will be:
- The Falls Industrial Park Road Laydown Yard, south of Falls Industrial Park Road in the Town of Ghent
- The Baker Road Laydown Yard, south of Baker Road in the Town of Claverack
The commission added that the proposed alternative design of the Van Wagner capacitor bank station would eliminate a new interconnection of the project’s Van Wagner capacitor bank station and the existing 345-kV Pleasant Valley substation.
That alternative design is anticipated to eliminate the need for several, tall new structures in and around the 345-kV Pleasant Valley substation and the need to run a new double-circuit, 345-kV transmission line in the project’s ROW to interconnect the Van Wagner capacitor bank station to the 345-kV Pleasant Valley substation.
The commission also said that the Van Wagner capacitor bank station’s footprint expanded as a result of the redesign; the station will nevertheless remain exclusively on utility owned land.
Virtual public informational forums and public statement hearings on the project will be held before Administrative Law Judge Anthony Belsito of the DPS on Oct. 14. The commission added that any person wishing to provide a public statement on the record at the hearing must pre-register to do so by 5 p.m., on Oct. 9.
Other ways to comment include by email to the secretary to the commission at email@example.com, and by phone at 1-800-335-2120, the commission said.