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Case 10-T-0080: Lasher Road Substation Proposal


Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a/National Grid (National Grid) has filed an application with the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) to construct a 115 kilovolt (kV)/13.2 kV distribution substation (Lasher Road Substation) near the intersection of Randall Road, Lasher Road and the former Finley Road in the Town of Ballston, Saratoga County. National Grid seeks approval to amend a previously issued Article VII Certificate to allow construction of the proposed Lasher Road Substation and associated facilities.

Informational Forum and Public Statement Hearing

The Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal by National Grid. Interested members of the public are invited to provide their comments via the Department of Public Service Website at www.dps.ny.gov. An informational forum was also held immediately preceding the hearing on December 19, 2017, in the Town of Milton, during which National Grid gave a brief overview of the project. In addition the Staff of the Department of the Public Service (DPS) explained the review process by which it will be brought to the Commission for decision.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) did preside at the public statement hearing. The comments made at the hearing will be transcribed and become part of the formal record in this proceeding and will be presented to the Commission for its consideration of the proposed project. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance, or present written materials in order to speak at the hearing.*

      *Disabled persons requiring special accommodations may place a collect call to the DPS’s Human Resources Management Office at 518-474-2520. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711 to reach the Department of Public Service’s Human Resources Office at the previously mentioned number. If you have difficulty understanding English, please call the Department at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services.


      Description of the Project
        In 2011, and later amended in 2012 and 2016, the Commission granted National Grid a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need. The Certificate authorized the Company to construct a single circuit 115 kV transmission line from the Spier Falls Substation to the Rotterdam Substation (Lines 302 and 1).

        On August 5, 2016, National Grid filed an application to amend its Certificate to allow the Company to construct and operate a new distribution substation in the Town of Ballston, Saratoga County. The proposed 115 kV/13.2 kV Lasher Road Substation would be constructed on a portion of an approximately 109 acre lot (referred to as the Malloch Parcel) located south of State Route 67, near the intersection of Randall Road, Lasher Road and the former Finley Road. The Company also proposes to construct an approximate 140 foot long gravel access road off of the former Finley Road.

        The proposed 115 kV/13.2 kV substation and associated 115 kV line connections would tie into three existing National Grid 115 kV transmission lines (Spier Falls to Rotterdam (Line 2), Luther Forest to Rotterdam (Line 1) and Spier Falls to Luther Forest (Line 302)). According to the Company, the addition of the Lasher Road Substation will help to alleviate capacity constraints, reliability issues and projected overload conditions in the greater Saratoga area. National Grid also states that the Company intends to retire two aging distribution substations located at Randall Road and Shore Road.

        The application documents and other materials pertaining to this case may be obtained from the Commission’s website,www.dps.ny.gov, by clicking on “Search” and entering 10-T-0080 in the “Search by Case Number” field.


      Ways to Participate in the Process
        There are several ways to participate in the process, including:
        Request Party Status: Becoming a party to a case enables an individual or group to contribute to the development of a complete record by conducting discovery, submitting testimony, briefs, or other formal written comments, and participating in evidentiary hearings, procedural conferences and other formal events conducted in the case.
          Interested groups or individuals may submit a request for party status on-line through the Commission’s www.dps.ny.gov website by searching for the case numbers and clicking the “Request for Party Status” link at the top of the Case page. Alternatively, a request form may be downloaded from the website, obtained by calling 518-474-4520 or by writing to the Administrative Law Judge, NYS Public Service Commission, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. The requestor will be provisionally given party status, subject to the right of other parties to object and subject to the determination of the Administrative Law Judge.
        Ø Join the Service List: Interested persons who wish to monitor the proceedings of a particular case may do so without the formal commitment to become a party to the proceeding. The persons who subscribe to the service list of a case will receive an e-mail with a direct link to the documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulings. Persons unable or unwilling to receive such electronic notification will receive hard copies of Commission-issued documents by regular mail.

            To register on-line, click on the “Subscribe to Service List” link at the top of the page for Case 10-T-0080. A “Service List and Mail Service List Request Form” can be downloaded from the site and the completed form sent by e-mail to the Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov or by mail to: Secretary, Public Service Commission, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350.
          Ø Monitor the Case on the Commission Website: Interested persons who choose not to sign up to receive e-mail notifications may view our website at their convenience to check on the status of a case. All documents filed by parties, correspondence, hearing transcripts, and documents issued by the Commission in a given case are posted on the website for that case. In addition, all comments submitted by the public are posted under the “public comments” tab for the case.
            Ø Provide Comments: There are opportunities to attend public outreach events to learn about the proposals and provide comments. Currently, the Commission is seeking public comment on the proposal as described above. The public statement hearing identified in this fact sheet is being held to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the proposal. In addition to attending the hearing, comments may be provided to the Commission using the following:

                · Via the Internet or In Writing: Public comments may be submitted electronically to Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov, or by mail or delivery to, Secretary Burgess at the Department of Public Service, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350. Comments may also be entered directly at the Commission’s webpage. In the open case, enter comments in the “Post Comments” tab located at the top of the page. Comments should refer to Case 10-T-0080, Lasher Road Substation. Many libraries offer free internet service.
          · Toll-Free Opinion Line: Individuals may choose to submit comments by calling the Commission’s toll-free Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This line is set up to receive comments on pending cases from in-state callers, 24-hours a day. These calls are not transcribed, but a summary is reported to the Commission. Callers should press “1” to leave comments and should refer to Case 10-T-0080, Lasher Road Substation.