Informational Forums and Public Statement Hearings
In September 2018, Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC (Deepwater) filed an application with the Public Service Commission (Commission) to construct, operate and maintain the South Fork Export Cable (SFEC) Project. The SFEC Project would connect the proposed South Fork Wind Farm, located in federal jurisdictional waters east of Montauk Point, to the existing mainland electric transmission and distribution system in the Town of East Hampton, Suffolk County.
Comments are invited. Interested members of the public are invited to attend public statement hearings and provide their comments on Deepwater’s request to construct the SFEC Project. Each hearing will be immediately preceded by an informational forum, during which Staff of the Department of Public Service (DPS) will provide an overview of the review process under the Public Service Law and Deepwater 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 Deepwater’s proposal in whole or in part, or modify it.
* Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact the DPS's Human Resources Management Office at 518-474-2520 as soon as possible. Telecommunication Relay Service users may request a sign language interpreter by calling the New York Relay Service at 711. Individuals with difficulty understanding English are encouraged to call DPS at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services.
Description of the Proposed Facility
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On September 14, 2018, Deepwater filed an application with the Commission seeking approval for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law, to construct and operate an electric transmission line to connect the South Fork Wind Farm with the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) mainland electric grid. If granted, Deepwater would be authorized to construct an approximately 3.5-mile submarine export cable from the New York State Territorial Waters boundary to the South Shore of the Town of East Hampton at Beach Lane, and 4.1 miles of 138 kV upland export cable, terminating at an interconnection facility at an existing LIPA substation located in East Hampton. The application identifies an alternative landfall at Hither Hills State Park and cable route that would also traverse the Village of East Hampton.
Ways to Participate in the Article VII Process
Deepwater states the SFEC Project is necessary to address LIPA’s need for new sources of power generation that are an alternative to constructing new transmission facilities, cost-effective and reliable energy supply for the area. Deepwater also indicates that the SFEC Project will help LIPA achieve its renewable energy goals.
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 “18-T-0604.”
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-0604. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350.
18-T-0604 Deepwater Cable Project
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 Deepwater’s proposal. Comments should refer to “Case 18-T-0604” Submit comments:
- Via E-Mail/Mail: Submit comments electronically to Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at email@example.com or by mail to Secretary Burgess 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 18-T-0604”
- 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-0604) 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 18-T-0604.