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National Grid plans hearing on Ballston substation

National Grid plans hearing on Ballston substation

Power company wants to hear residents' comments

BALLSTON — National Grid will host a public hearing on Dec. 19 on plans to build a new electrical substation on Lasher Road, near the Ballston-Charlton town line.
The substation would replace a smaller station about a half-mile away, on Randall Road. The latter station would be removed under the plan.

The new substation was planned to support a new 115-kilovolt transmission line that was built through Saratoga and Schenectady counties in 2012-2013.
There will be an information presentation about the plans at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Milton Community Center in Ballston Spa, followed by a formal public hearing. The hearing is required by the state Public Service Commission, which must approve a permit for the substation.

National Grid officials said the new station is needed because of growing electrical demand in Saratoga County, including from the GlobalFoundries computer chip plant in Malta. The upgrade should increase service reliability, the company said, and its more modern equipment will allow for quicker service restoration after any outages.

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