NY STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION APPROVES POWER LINE REBUILD

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the New York State Public Service Commission
and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by
the sender.) 
September 19, 2013 
Commission Approves Power Line Rebuild 
Northeast Region to Benefit from Electric Power Reinforcement
The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today
adopted the terms of a joint proposal granting National Grid
approval to rebuild approximately 14 miles of two 115 kV
electric transmission lines in Saratoga and Washington counties.
The project is necessary to protect the reliability of the local
grid and to address projected long-term demand created by
thousands of customers in the Greater Saratoga region, including
computer chip maker GLOBALFOUNDRIES. 
“Rebuilding of the transmission lines is needed to relieve
current and projected load constraints in the northeast region,”
said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “This project will serve
the needs of the electric system and will improve the
reliability of the transmission system in the region.” 
In February 2011, National Grid filed an application seeking to
reconstruct roughly 14 miles of two of its 115 kV electric
transmission lines between the Mohican Substation in Saratoga
County and the Battenkill Substation in Washington County to
relieve current and projected load constraints in the northeast
region of New York. In response to several deficiencies with its
initial application, National Grid filed a supplement to its
application in May 2011, and the application was deemed in
compliance. 
Following public statement hearings in July 2011, the company
and parties began settlement negotiations which ultimately led
to the filing of a joint proposal signed by National Grid,
Department of Public Service staff, Department of Environmental
Conservation, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets. 
The Commission’s decision today, when issued, may be obtained by
going to the Commission Documents section of the Commission’s
Web site at www.dps.ny.gov and entering Case Number 11-T-0068 in
the input box labeled “Search for Case/Matter Number.”  Many
libraries offer free Internet access. Commission orders may also
be obtained from the Commission’s Files Office, 14th floor,
Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223 (518-474-2500).  If
you have difficulty understanding English, please call us at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding
this press release. 
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