The NYS Public Service Commission has granted NYSEG’s motion to hold the Article VII proceeding in abeyance while NYSEG obtains the necessary permits to move forward on the low voltage (34.5 kv) proposal. While there are still a few steps in this process, we are optimistic that all permits will be obtained and this matter will be resolved in the coming months. Thanks to all the parties involved who have worked hard to bring this project to a satisfactory resolution.

Koethi Zan

Update 09.22.2015

For those interested, here is a link to the Department of Public Service documents in our power line case. The first document is the signed Joint Stipulation in which the parties (including NYSEG) have agreed to the low voltage solution. The next steps might go a bit slowly because we are waiting for NYSEG to complete their design documents for submission to Stockport and Ghent for a standard site review, but we will keep you posted!

Koethi Zan

Power line talks move toward a mutual solution


Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:00 am
The Register Star
By Katie Kocijanski
Columbia-Greene Media | 0 comments

GHENT — Settlement negotiations for the Columbia County Transmission Project are looking more positive for people from the town of Ghent and the organization Protect Ghent who had concerns about the project.

Plans continue to move forward for the scaled-down low-voltage 34.5 kilovolt high-voltage power line to run through Ghent and Chatham. Both the New York State Gas & Electric Company (NYSEG) and the town are happy with the proposed solution.

Along with NYSEG, negotiations continue with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.

“We are very pleased with the progress and all of the parties involved are working incredibly hard,” Koethi Zan, Protect Ghent representative said. “Our voices have been heard and we believe everyone is coming to the table with a good solution for everyone.”

In 2012, NYSEG proposed installing an 11.1-mile, 115-kV power line through the town of Ghent and parts of Chatham, intended as backup to an existing line. read more

Settlement Negotiations Update


Settlement Negotiations Update

We are pleased to announce that settlement negotiations for the Columbia County Transmission Project have made excellent progress.  The parties participating in the negotiations have consented to waive the confidentiality provision of 16 NYCRR §3.9(d) in order to inform you that the negotiations are now focused on a “reduced scope” 34.5 kV low voltage line (“Reduced Scope Line”).  While we expect the settlement negotiations, NYSEG’s design phase, and the applicable governmental approval processes to continue over the next several months, the participating parties wish to inform the public about the current route under discussion.

The Reduced Scope Line (see includes only Feeder 1 and Feeder 2, excluding Segment E thereof. In other words, Feeders 3 and 4, and all parts of Feeder 2 east of the intersection of George Road and Route 66, have been removed from the current proposal.

The participating parties have devoted time, hard work, and attention to this process and look forward to making continued progress.

Power line talks start next month

The Columbia Paper
Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:02

GHENT–Settlement talks will start next month in Albany aimed at finding a way for New York State Electric and Gas Company (NYSEG) to run new power lines through the Town of Ghent and some neighboring communities without disrupting local scenic, historic and agricultural.

Ghent town officials and a local group called Protect Ghent objected to the original proposal by NYSEG for a 115 kilovolt line that would run about 12 miles, most of it in Ghent, although the line would originate in Stockport and loop through Chatham. The company says in a notice published in The Columbia Paper that now “it may be possible to settle many or all of the issues in Public Service Commission Case 12-T-0248,” a reference to the NYSEG proposal, which must receive approval from state regulators at the PSC.

NYSEG says it will consider a plan initially suggested by Ghent and developed by staff at the state Department of Public Service for power lines that operate at 34.5 kV. The lower power allows the company to use conventional utility poles that are already common along roadways and other cleared spaces, although NYSEG says that some accommodation for the new lines may have to be made.

This month the company plans a series of four local meetings in communities affected by the proposal where NYSEG representatives and officials and members of all the groups involved will answer questions about the latest proposals. The meetings are:

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014, 4 to 8 p.m., NYSEG Chatham Service Center, 31 Dardess Drive, Chatham
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4 to 8 p.m., West Ghent Volunteer Fire Station, 74 Bender Boulevard, West Ghent
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4 to 8 p.m., NYSEG Chatham Service Center, Chatham
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014, 4 to 8 p.m., West Ghent Volunteer Fire Station, West Ghent.

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EDITORIAL: Settling’s better for power and people

The Columbia Paper
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 12:24

IF YOU LIVE, work or visit Ghent, Stockport, Chatham, possibly Austerlitz and Hillsdale too, something out of the ordinary is going on. You might not notice it if you don’t pay attention. Even if you do notice, you may see nothing change. That’s the idea.

Over the last couple of years the Town on Ghent and a group of citizens called Protect Ghent has challenged a plan by the power company NYSEG, which proposed a 115 kilovolt (KV) power line running in part through the center of the town. The company said the line was necessary as an alternative supply of electricity to Churchtown and Craryville in the event that storms cut the main line.

It sounded reasonable until Ghent residents learned that the power lines NYSEG asked the state to approve would require huge towers and new rights of way that would change the character of the town. That was a concern not given much weight in NYSEG’s original plan. Big mistake.

It shouldn’t matter. NYSEG is a regulated utility that supplies the power we need to light our homes, refrigerate our food and charge our cell phones. You’d think this company knows what it takes to get the job done, right?… Yes and no.

Engineers for the town of Ghent had a different idea. They suggested that instead of carving a new right-of-way through some of the most scenic parts of town, NYSEG could transmit electricity at a much lower voltage, which would allow the company to run the new lines on roadside utility poles and eliminate the need for looming towers and a reconfigured landscape. read more