Protect Ghent update 01.30.2014
Over the last month or so, NYSEG engineers have met with engineers for the other parties to the case (including Protect Ghent’s engineer and PSC staff engineers) to explore the feasibility of the 34.5 kv line proposed by DPS. On February 26th, NYSEG will submit to the Judge its analysis of the 34.5 kv line along with its pricing estimates. The schedule for the hearings (or, potentially, settlement negotiations) will be set only after these materials are received.
Protect Ghent still firmly supports this low voltage alternative. Attached is a schematic diagram of this proposed 34.5 kv line. This line will run along regular-height poles, on roadways, and in most cases, will take the form of upgrades to existing lines. This 34.5 kv line (as seen on the diagram) mostly runs along Falls Road, 9H, Old Post Road, CR 22, George Road and Orchard Road – but again, this is NOT a high-voltage power line. It will look like the vast number of other low voltage power lines running along our roads.
We are hopeful that NYSEG will conduct a fair analysis of this alternative, and will recognize that, in our case, the 34.5 kv line would spare our community from a new high voltage power line on untouched, scenic rural lands–a line that would seriously damage, if not destroy, our property values, our view shed, and our farmlands. A low voltage alternative in this case would also be consistent with Governor Cuomo’s proposed incentives for high voltage lines to be built only within the three dimensions of existing rights of way.
We will update you as soon as we receive NYSEG’s analysis.
In the meantime, please SAVE THE DATE: February 24 at 2 pm. Protect Ghent and Art Omi will be hosting an event at the Visitors Center (on County Route 22) for an important announcement. Please join us for refreshments, special guests, community spirit, and some good news.