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Power line hearing Tuesday

Power line hearing Tuesday

The state Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposal for a new high-voltage

The state Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposal for a new high-voltage power transmission line through the western part of Saratoga County on Tuesday, May 18, at Saratoga Springs City Hall.

National Grid is seeking PSC certification to build a 115-kv line parallel to the exiting 33-mile-long high-voltage line that runs from Rotterdam to Spier Falls, at estimated cost of $66 million.

The hearing will be on the third floor of City Hall, from 4-5 p.m. and then from 6-7 p.m. It is currently the only hearing scheduled, though some have already requested additional hearings be held in the towns the line would pass through.

Those towns include Moreau, Corinth, Greenfield, Milton, Ballston, Charlton, Glenville and Rotterdam.

National Grid says it needs the new power line, which will take feeds from both the Rotterdam substation and the Spier Falls hydroelectric dam, to help meet growing power demand in Saratoga County. That demand includes the expected major electric needs of the GlobalFoundries computer chip factory now under construction in Malta.

National Grid has said it hopes to start construction in the spring of 2011.

Copies of National Grid’s application are available at all the public libraries in Saratoga County, and also at the Schenectady County Public Library main branch on Clinton Street in Schenectady. It is also available on the PSC Web site, www.dps.state.ny.us.

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