The Columbia Paper
Written by MATT BATHRICK
Thursday, 19 September 2013 08:59
State, NYSEG, power line foes all hop on the bus
GHENT–The state Public Service Commission has conducted site visits this month of the route proposed by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) Corporation for a new, high-voltage transmission line across the middle of the town.
NYSEG has applied to the commission for approval to build an 11.1-mile, 115-kilovolt transmission line to connect one of its existing lines with a parallel line owned by National Grid. NYSEG has said the project is necessary in order to provide backup to a line running between Churchtown and Craryville. Without the backup, NYSEG says blackouts for 10,000 customers could occur if the line were to go down during peak loads.
This proposal is different from the transmission line plans for Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway initiative that two companies are about to file with the Public Service Commission, parts of which may pass through Columbia County. read more