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Cuomo's power line plan is stalled

Feb 11, 2015 12:04 am
Scott Waldman in Capital New York reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to update the electrical grid is facing setbacks and lacking momentum. "Once heralded by the governor as a transformative way to bring down energy costs for consumers while increasing jobs at upstate power producers, the plan announced more than three years ago has produced little progress on a core initiative: a nearly $1 billion project to run AC transmission lines around Utica or the Catskills and down the Hudson Valley to meet downstate's growing power needs," the report says. Locally, the high-voltage transmission lines would cut through near Athens in Greene County and then through parts of Columbia and Dutchess counties. Recently developers resubmitted reworked plans for power lines, after months of community objections and with several town boards passing resolutions against the transmission lines. The state Public Service Commission is now also delaying action. Instead of approving plans, the PSC is holding a June conference on whether they're needed at all. The story says, "the window in which it makes sense to undertake the upgrades seems to be closing, due to a combination of energy capacity improvements, strong local opposition, and competing goals in the state's future energy plan." Read the full story in Capital New York.