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In response to a six-state strategy to bring more clean power to the region, a Massachusetts transmission company said it wants to bury a transmission line under Lake Champlain to connect industrial wind power in New York to a Burlington substation.
In his order of dismissal, PSC acting Secretary Jeffrey C. Cohen reiterated the fact that Upstate NY had been "afforded a great deal of time to move forward substantively on this application" yet has not made any progress for well over a year.
Citing a lack of substantive activity on the project, an administrative law judge has recommended the state Public Service Commission dismiss an application to construct a 50-mile electric transmission line from Galloo Island on Lake Ontario to the mainland. ...the application "lacks viability at present" and has had a "chilling effect" on landowners and their plans for business development.
Administrative Law Judge Kevin Casutto says there's no public need for a transmission line between the wind farm project and the mainland. The judge recommends the State Public Service Commission dismiss the application by Upstate NY Power
The senators - led by state Sen. George Maziarz, a Western New York Republican, and joined by state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton - say upstate jobs are at stake if a $2 billion transmission line proposal is approved because it would squeeze out energy producers in the state, like nuclear power plants, facilities that burn wood to create electricity and wind turbine farms.
And as representatives from utility companies, the energy industry and the banks that fund them convene to discuss the future of the state's power grid, local officials and residents who fought NYRI say they are hopeful their plans won't hurt local communities.
The state Public Service Commission on Friday gave the go-ahead for the wind farm that will house up to 59 electricity-producing wind turbines, as long as it receives an independent certification the turbines will function as intended.
A decision on the transmission line for the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm is delayed once again as Upstate NY Power Corp., developer for the project, asks to wait until it knows whether it can sell the electricity from the project.
Mr. Kessel said in May that wind power projects in Jefferson County wouldn't get power purchase agreements after the county's Board of Legislators voted in March to oppose the offshore wind project, which possibly included some off Jefferson County's shores.
The power is to be supplied by hydro and wind generators in Canada. The project held a public hearing before an administrative law judge in Plattsburgh in November. That judge is expected to make a recommendation to the Public Service Commission later this year.
Oswego County legislator Shawn Doyle opposes the Galloo Island wind project because he feels the power lines have become visibly close to the village of Pulaski. He says, "While the wind farm would create a few jobs for Galloo Island the transmission lines could hurt tourism through Oswego County and affect jobs in that industry."
Galloo Island Wind Farm's developer is lobbying state officials to push the New York Power Authority to give the project a contract for its power. Attorneys for Upstate NY Power Corp. have talked to local officials and at least the chairmen, if not the members, of the state Assembly and Senate Energy Committees.
Mr. Renzi said he would look into the effectiveness of a law that would ban transmission lines. Anne V. Dalton, spokeswoman for the Public Service Commission, said the organization complies with laws in existence. "We don't override laws. We follow them very strictly," she said.
"While the original proposed route and the other land-based alternatives present the most reasonably economic method of delivering the power from the project to the public, the sub-aquatic alternative has the advantage of being preferable from an aesthetic standpoint," Mr. Burgdorf wrote.
It is likely there will be both economic and regulatory pressure for those projects to piggyback on the Galloo Island transmission line. ...And the wind farm developers get to optimize their returns and the landowners who are negatively affected by all this will get squat. And the taxes the developers will save with their PILOT agreements will help pay for all this - which is a lot more sad than ironic.
Oswego County is once again under consideration to host high-voltage transmission lines for a wind-turbine project to be constructed on Galloo Island in Jefferson County. Upstate Power has proposed to construct a wind farm on Galloo Island, off the shore in Hounsfield, along with a new power line with the capability of transporting 1,000 megawatts south to service downstate consumers.
Originally, project developer Upstate NY Power proposed a route from Galloo Island to make landfall on Stony Point and run south through Henderson and Ellisburg on its way to a substation in the town of Mexico. That route drew intense public opposition, but it and a similar alternative remain as options.
Galloo Island Wind Farm's developer is asking for public comment again, this time on four possible routes for a transmission line. Upstate NY Power Corp. on Monday will begin a series of public information meetings in Jefferson and Oswego counties about the routes.
Galloo Island Wind Farm developer Upstate NY Power Corp has until Sept. 15 to work out the best alternate routes for a transmission line from the island to the state's wholesale grid system.
A newly proposed transmission line for the planned Galloo Island Wind Farm could make landfall at the southern end of the village of Sackets Harbor or south of Dexter in Black River Bay before running to National Grid's outer Coffeen Street substation.