High volt line fight

Project Ghent opposes new transmission line in Columbia County
By Larry Rulison timesunion.com
Published 6:56 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013


Residents in rural Columbia County are trying to quash a plan by the local utility to build an 11-mile high voltage transmission line through the heart of the town of Ghent.

New York State Electric & Gas out of Rochester, which has a patchwork of customers in the eastern part of the state, says it needs to build the $28 million line because a part of its system south of Ghent between Churchtown and Craryville could be easily overloaded in extreme conditions.

In order to deal with such an overload, NYSEG believes it would have to shut off power to nearly 10,000 customers — a large portion of its customers in the area — a situation the utility wants to avoid. The line would also be built in parts of Chatham and Stockport.

High-voltage transmission lines typically face fierce local opposition. The large towers that carry the electric lines are usually considered eyesores, especially in areas that have previously not been home to such equipment.

NYSEG is facing a particularly organized opposition group called Protect Ghent,… read more

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