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Case 19-T-0549:Marcy to New Scotland Electric Transmission Upgrade Project



    In August 2019, LS Power and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) filed a joint application with the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) seeking approval to construct the Marcy to New Scotland Upgrade Project, including the construction of an approximately 93-mile electric line located predominately within existing utility-owned transmission corridor. The proposed Project will begin in Oneida County and pass through municipalities in Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady and Albany counties.


Informational Forums and Public Statement Hearings
    From March 3 to March 5, 2020, the Commission will hold a series of hearings along the route of the proposed Project where all those wishing to comment on the Applicants’ proposal will have an opportunity to make a statement on the record. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will preside over the public statement hearings and the gathering of public comments.

    Each hearing will be immediately preceded by an information forum, during which maps of the proposed route will be available for review, representatives of the Applicants will be available to answer questions about the proposed Project and Staff of the Department of Public Service (DPS) will provide an overview of the review process under the Public Service Law. The public is welcome to stop in at any time during the informational forums to review information and ask questions.

    It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or present written materials in order to speak at the hearings.* 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 the proposal in whole or in part or modify it.
    Following the public statement hearings, the ALJ will hold a procedural conference to identify the parties participating in the case, consider and discuss requests for intervenor funding, and establish a case schedule. The procedural conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 6, 2020, at the Commission’s offices at 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 3rd Floor Hearing Room.
Description of the Proposed Project

The Joint Applicants filed a request for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need pursuant to Article VII of the Pubic Service Law to construct an approximately 93-mile 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line. The Project would begin at the Edic substation in the Town of Marcy in Oneida County and terminate at the New Scotland substation in the Town of New Scotland, Albany County. The proposed Project would pass through the Towns of Deerfield and Marcy in Oneida County; the Towns of Schuyler, Frankfort, German Flatts, Little Falls, Stark, Danube, and the Village of Ilion in Herkimer County; the Towns of Minden, Canajoharie, Root, Charleston, Glen, and Florida in Montgomery County; the Towns of Duanesburg, Princetown, and Rotterdam in Schenectady County; and the Towns of Guilderland and New Scotland in Albany County.

Along the proposed route, construction will include the removal and replacement of segments of existing transmission lines with new 345 kV lines. Approximately 1,250 existing H-frame structures will be removed and approximately 675 new structures, primarily steel monopoles, will be installed. In addition, the Project will include upgrades to the Marcy and Edic substations, construction of a new 345 kV substation in Princetown, construction of a new substation adjacent to the Rotterdam substation, as well as upgrades to the existing substation, and upgrades to the New Scotland substation.

The application documents and other materials pertaining to the case are available on the Commission’s website at www.dps.ny.gov. To access this information, click on “Search” and then enter case number “19-T-0549.”


Ways to Participate in the Proceeding

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 19-T-0549. 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. Michelle L. Phillips, 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 below are being held to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the proposed Project.

    Date
    Location
    Time
    Tuesday, March 3
    North Utica Senior Center
    50 Riverside Drive
    Utica, NY 13502
    Information Session – 2:00pm
    Public Statement Hearing – 3:00pm
    Herkimer Co. Community College
    Robert McLaughlin College Center, Room 288
    100 Reservoir Road
    Herkimer, NY 13350
    Information Session – 6:00pm
    Public Statement Hearing – 7:00pm
    Wednesday, March 4
    Montgomery Co. Annex Building
    20 Park Street
    Fonda, NY 12068
    Information Session – 1:30pm
    Public Statement Hearing –2:30pm
    Thursday, March 5
    Duanesburg Town Hall
    5853 Western Turnpike
    Duanesburg, NY 12056
    Information Session – 2:00pm
    Public Statement Hearing – 3:00pm
    Guilderland Town Hall
    5209 Western Turnpike
    Guilderland, NY 12084
    Information Session – 6:00pm
    Public Statement Hearing – 7:00pm

      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 this proposal. Comments should refer to “Case 19-T-0549.” Submit comments:

        • Via E-Mail/Mail: Submit comments electronically to Michelle L. Phillips, Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov or by mail to Secretary Phillips at the New York State Department of Public Service, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments delivered in these manners should reference “Case 19-T-0549.”
          • Via the Department Website: Comments may be entered directly into the case via the www.dps.ny.gov website, by entering the case number (19-T-0549) 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.
          • 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 19-T-0549”.

        Comments submitted through these methods will be accepted at any point while this proceeding is pending but are requested by April 3, 2020. For a printable copy please follow this pdf link19-T-0549 NYPA - LS Power 2-13-2020 final (002).pdf19-T-0549 NYPA - LS Power 2-13-2020 final (002).pdf


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