Department of Public Service

04-M-0159: Electric Safety Standards



Case 04-M-0159 - Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to Examine the Safety of Electric Transmission and Distribution Systems


About the Safety Standards:

On January 5, 2005, the Commission adopted statewide safety standards to ensure the public safety of electric systems. The safety standards include requirements that the regulated electric utilities in New York State annually test all of their publicly accessible transmission and distribution facilities for stray voltage and inspect all electric facilities at least once every five years. The utilities are also required to annually test streetlights and traffic signals along public thoroughfares for stray voltage, irrespective of who owns the facility. To ensure compliance with the safety standards, the Commission established strict record keeping, certification and reporting requirements, and rate adjustments for failure to achieve specific performance targets for the testing and inspection programs.

In response to petitions for rehearing filed by the utilities serving the upstate region, the Commission modified the schedule for the initial round of stray voltage testing, giving the upstate electric utilities until August 30, 2006, to complete testing on overhead distribution and transmission facilities. The extension of the testing schedule does not apply to Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. The initial round of annual stray voltage testing of streetlights, traffic lights and electric facilities served by underground systems must be completed by November 30, 2005, as initially required by its January 5, 2005 Order.



Comments on Stray Voltage


Related Documents and Filings: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2005: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2006: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2007: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2008: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2009: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2010: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2011: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2012: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2013: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2014: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2015: Stray Voltage Testing and Inspection Reports for 2016: ** If you require a copy of the Appendix, please email the web.questions@dps.ny.gov 

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