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PSC holds info meeting on AC upgrade plan

Dec 12, 2013 7:05 am
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The New York State Public Service Commission held one of three information meetings, Wed., Dec. 11, on the proposed Alternating Current (AC) Transmission Upgrade Proceeding in Albany. Approximately 25 people attended the meeting, including Assembly members Pete Lopez and Didi Barrett, Roger Downs from the Sierra Club, officials from Athens, Claverack and Livingston, along with residents of Columbia, Dutchess and Greene counties, where several different AC power line projects are pending. The event was moderated by Jim Denn, PSC Director of Public Affairs. The two-hour meeting covered a variety of issues including, details on why these projects are happening now, safety and security concerns, property values and real estate, the route of the lines, eminent domain and the costs and benefits of the projects. Diana Barney, PSC Utility Supervisor, explained that DC power does not help relieve the congestion of power going downstate. PLAY (1:38). For more information go to www.dps.ny.gov and enter case number 13-E-0488 for the Alternating Current Transmission Upgrade Proceeding. (ED Note: Sebren is a member of the Athens Citizens Development Committee.)

-- Sam Sebren

Related Audio:

PLAY Assembly member Didi Barrett asked about conservation, micro grids, cutting energy use. Jim Denn, Diana Barney responded. (7:40)
PLAY Assembly member Pete Lopez asked who pays, who are the beneficiaries of this plan? How is the benefit attributed back to the rate payers? Denn, Barney responded. (5:02)
PLAY Livingston Town Board member Will Yandek asked how the 1,000 MW required minimum was decided upon. Barney responded. (4:36)
PLAY Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner asked about the PSC giving preference to companies with ties to Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and National Grid. Ashley Merino, Denn and Barney responded. (4:14)
PLAY Andrea Smallwood, Athens Citizens Development Committee, asked about the Special Protection System and capacity capability at Athens Generating. Barney responded. (3:23)
PLAY Roger Downs, Sierra Club, asked if parts of the proposals can be combined into hybrid solutions. Moreno and Barney responded. (3:08)
PLAY Athens Town Supervisor Lee Palmateer asked how the AC proceeding affects the DC proceeding, and if both projects can be built simultaneously. Barney responded. (2:40)
PLAY Stewart Gill of Claverack asked about eminent domain and if the PSC has the power to request power companies to share rights of way. Moreno responded. (2:31)
PLAY clip: Introduction to presentation by Erin O'Dell Keller, PSC Office of Consumer Policy and Denn. (2:08)
PLAY full PSC presentation by Denn and O'Dell Keller. (19:43)
PLAY full Q&A, PSC AC Transmission Upgrade proceeding (1:38:25)
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