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18-T-0499: NextEra Energy Transmission, NY, Inc. Proposed Transmission Facility


In August 2018, NextEra Energy Transmission New York, Inc.(NEETNY), filed a petition with the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) seeking approval to construct and operate the Empire State Line Project (ESL Project). The Project includes a twenty-mile 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and associated switchyards in the Town of Royalton, Niagara County and the Towns of Alden, Elma, Lancaster and Newstead, Erie County, New York.

Informational Forums and Public Statement Hearings

Comments are invited on NEETNY’s request to construct a transmission facility. Interested members of the public are invited to attend public statement hearings and provide their comments. Each hearing will be immediately preceded by an information session, during which staff of the Department of Public Service (DPS) will provide an overview of the review process under the Public Service Law and NEETNY representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed project. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or present written materials in order to speak at the hearings. *

An Administrative Law Judge will preside over the public statement hearings and the gathering of public comments. Comments made at the hearings will be transcribed and become part of the formal record in this proceeding and will be presented to the Commission for its consideration. The Commission may adopt or reject NEETNY’s proposal in whole or in part, or modify it.

Please join us at the following location:


DateLocationTime
February 13, 2019Alden Town Hall
Auditorium
3311 Wende Road
Alden, NY 14004
Afternoon Information Forum 2:30 pm Afternoon Public Statement Hearing 3:00 pm

Evening Information Forum 6:30 pm
Evening Public Statement Hearing 7:00 pm


    *Disabled persons requiring special accommodations should call 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. Individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English, are encouraged to call DPS at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services.

    Description of the Project
      On August 10, 2018, NEETNY filed a petition with the Commission for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law, to construct and operate the ESL Project. The Project includes a new 345 kV switchyard (Dysinger Switchyard) in the Town of Royalton, Niagara County and a second new switchyard (East Stolle Switchyard) in Erie County. The new proposed 345 kV transmission line would be built in an existing utility corridor, owned by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), and connect the Dysinger and East Stolle switchyards to each other. Two sets of transmission lines, about 0.5 and 0.4 miles long, respectively, would be constructed to connect the new switchyards to already existing transmission lines. The expected in-service date for the ESL Project is June 1, 2022.

      Additional details are set forth in the project Application, which is available at www.dps.ny.gov. To access information regarding the Project, click on “Search” and then enter case number 18-T-0499. Copies of the Application are also available for public review at the Royalton-Hartland Community Library and the Clarence, Eden, Elma, Lancaster, Marilla and Newstead branches of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system.



    Ways to Participate in the Article VII 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 the case number 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 or obtained by calling 518-474-4520. The requestor will be provisionally given party status, subject to the right of other parties to object and the determination of the Administrative Law Judge.
      • Join the Service List: Interested persons may monitor the proceeding by subscribing to the service list. Such persons 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 18-T-0499. 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, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350.
      • 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 public 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 written comments submitted by the public are posted under the “public comments” tab for the case.

      • Provide Comments: The public statement hearings identified in this fact sheet are being held to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the proposed Project. For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public statement hearing, there are several other ways to send comments to the Commission regarding NEETNY’s proposal. Submit comments:


          Via the Department Website: Comments may be entered directly into the case via the www.dps.ny.gov website, by entering the associated case number (18-T-0499) in the Search option found on the homepage. After opening the case, enter comments in the “Post Comments” tab located at the top of the page.
            · Via E-Mail/Mail: Submit comments electronically to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov or by mail to Secretary Burgess at the New York State Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments delivered in these manners should reference “Case 18-T-0499”
            · 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 comments are not transcribed but they are summarized and reported to the Commission for its consideration. Callers should refer to Case 18-T-0499.

        All comments provided through these methods will be accepted through the pendency of this proceeding, but are requested by February 20, 2019.

        For printable version of this facts sheet see the Pdf below:
        18-T-0499 NextEra ESL fact sheet_1-22-19.pdf



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