NYC energy in contention in Athens
Dec 29, 2013 12:04 am
Melanie Lekocevic reports in The Daily Mail that five different energy companies are attempting to set up business transmitting electricity to New York City through the town of Athens, and some locals there have formed the Athens Citizens Development Committee to voice concern about the various projects’ impact on issues such as "safety, traffic, health, property values, and aesthetics." West Point Partners, North American Transmission, NextEra Energy Transmission, New York Transmission Owners, and Boundless Energy all have proposals capitalizing on Athens' proximity to the Leeds transfer station and the Hudson River. The community group seems most concerned with the West Point Partners project, which would run underground power cables down Vernon St. The Town Council and the Village Board have expressed similar concerns, according to Lekocevic, and have also filed for “intervener funding” available to communities impacted by the project. Town Supervisor Lee Allen Palmateer said at a recent council meeting that “I don’t think Athens will have the clout to stop this entirely, but bringing in a converter station should help with the tax base. We need to have a backbone and a brain so we don’t give away the ship,” Palmateer said. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.