The New York State Public Service Commission on Jan. 22 said that it will hold a virtual public statement hearing on Jan. 28 regarding New York Transco LLC’s petition for a certificate of public convenience and necessity involving the proposed New York Energy Solution project.
As noted in the statement, the project consists of:
- Installing a new 54.5-mile, 345-kV electric transmission line that would be co-located with 115-kV electric transmission lines that would replace the existing 115-kV transmission lines between the new 345-kV Knickerbocker switching station to be owned by Transco and located in the Town of Schodack, Rensselaer County, the rebuilt Churchtown switching station to be owned by Transco and located in the Town of Claverack, Columbia County, and the existing 345-kV and 115-kV Pleasant Valley substations owned by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., and Central Hudson Gas & Electric, respectively, and located in the Town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County
- Replacing 2.2 miles of 115-kV electric transmission line in an existing National Grid right of way (ROW) that extends from the 115-kV Blue Stores substation to a tap with the existing National Grid #8 115-kV Lafarge to Pleasant Valley line
- Reconductoring two 345-kV electric transmission lines on existing structures between the existing 345-kV Pleasant Valley substation and the new 345-kV Van Wagner capacitor bank station to be owned by Transco and located in the Town of Pleasant Valley
The project would be located in the Town of Schodack in Rensselaer County; 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 added that the project would be built within existing utility ROWs or on utility owned or controlled land.
Any person wishing to provide a public statement on the record at the hearing must pre-register by 5 p.m., on Jan. 27.
The commission added that the information to access the meeting is as follows:
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 28
- Time: 4:00 p.m.
- Electronic Access: www.webex.com
- Event Number: 179 062 4796
- Password: Jan28-4pm
- Phone-Only Access: (518) 549-0500
- Access Code: 179 062 4796
The commission said that individuals may comment through other means, such as online at www.dps.ny.gov (case number 20-E-0551); by mail, with comments sent to Hon. Michelle L. Phillips, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350); and through telephone at 1-800-335-2120.
As noted in Transco’s Nov. 2, 2020, petition for an expedited order granting it a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project, Transco filed an application with the commission for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need in October 2019. On Sept. 9, 2020, Transco filed a negotiated joint proposal, which has been executed by several parties, including state Department of Public Service staff, to resolve an Article VII proceeding.
Construction of the project is expected to begin by February 2020, and conclude by December 2023, Transco said, adding that the project would be energized in full and provide service by Dec. 31, 2023, consistent with the terms of a development agreement that Transco entered into with the New York ISO.