Power line talks move toward a mutual solution

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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

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