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Hearings scheduled on power line replacement through Mohawk Valley

Project would replace aging existing high-voltage lines through Mohawk Valley
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Several public hearings on plans to replace or modernize the high-voltage power lines through the Mohawk Valley between Marcy and New Scotland will be held next week, the state Public Service Commission announced.

Applicants LS Power Grid New York LLC and the New York Power Authority have applied to construct new 345-kilovolt power lines in the existing 345-kv corridor, which runs 93 miles through the Mohawk Valley, including the length of Montgomery County and parts of Duanesburg, Rotterdam and Princetown in Schenectady County. A new substation is to be constructed in Princetown, and the existing Rotterdam substation replaced.

These are the first public hearings on the plans, which have been in development for several years and were formally filed with the Public Service Commission in November. LS Power Grid New York was selected last year as the private developer to partner with the state Power Authority on the project.

The proposed Marcy to New Scotland upgrade would pass through the towns of Deerfield and Marcy in Oneida County; the towns of Schuyler, Frankfort, German Flatts, Little Falls, Stark, Danube, and the village of Ilion in Herkimer County; the towns of Minden, Canajoharie, Root, Charleston, Glen, and Florida in Montgomery County; the towns of Duanesburg, Princetown, and Rotterdam in Schenectady County; and the towns of Guilderland and New Scotland in Albany County. Segments of existing transmission lines will be removed and replaced, with monopoles replacing the existing stanchion pole system, according to the application.

A cost estimate and timeline for the project aren’t yet available. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week that between the state Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority and other investors, New York state is investing more than $6.8 billion in energy efficiency and clean heat development between from now to 2025. 

The PSC will hold meetings and hearings on Wednesday, March 4, in Fonda, and Thursday, March 5, in Duanesburg and Guilderland.

— In Fonda, the meeting will be at the Montgomery County annex building, 20 Park St., with an informational forum at 1:30 p.m. and a formal public statement hearing before an administrative law judge at 2:30 p.m.

— In Duanesburg, the meeting will be at the Town Hall, 5853 Western Turnpike, with an informational presentation at 2 p.m. and a formal statement hearing at 3 p.m.

— In Guilderland, there will also be an informational meeting followed by a hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall, 5209 Western Turnpike.

Officials have said the line upgrade is part of Cuomo’s plans to upgrade and increase the efficiency of the state’s power grid.

“These projects are coming to life as realizations of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Energy Highway Blueprint, released in 2012, as a plan designed to enable more effective and efficient clean energy power flows across the state’s electric grid and foster more robust energy markets,” Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said when the plans were announced last year.

To date, the towns of Rotterdam, Florida and Canajoharie has asked for funding through the applicants to hire professional legal and engineering expertise and become intervening parties in the application, according to PSC filings.

The application may be viewed at www.dps.ny.gov or at public libraries in Holland Patent, Utica Frankfort, Ilion, Mohawk, Jordanville, Little Falls, Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Fonda, Fort Plain, Schenectady, Delmar, Guilderland, Altamont, and Voorheesville.

Reach staff writer Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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