Cable company ready to fight decision
By Sylvie Dale, Online Editor
NEW YORK, April 5, 2002 — The Connecticut Senate will likely make a decision April 10 on a bill which would place a one-year moratorium on electric and gas lines across Long Island Sound.
The state’s House of Representatives have already approved the bill, which would affect projects approved but not started and future projects, Dow Jones reported.
Cable company Cross-Sound Cable Co. LLC has vowed to fight the bill vigorously. The company had in January received approval to construct and operate a high-voltage electric transmission cable across the sound.
The 24-mile cable system from New Haven, Conn. to Brookhaven, N.Y. would transport up to 330 MW of direct current power in either direction between Connecticut and Long Island. The company argues that the transmission interconnection is a key component of electric system reliability and efficiency for Connecticut consumers, and would strengthen the regional system power grid for overall increased reliability. Moreover, the technique of jet plowing is more environmentally sound than other techniques the company could use to bury cable., the company said.
The moratorium has received public support from U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.
Lieberman said in a news report that 12 cross-sound gas or power lines have been proposed, but that more federal funding is needed for the Long Island Sound Study, which coordinates environmental cleanup and research on the sound.
In addition, Blumenthal has said that the cable would siphon energy away from Connecticut, diminishing its supply and raising prices. Long Island power prices are 25 percent higher than in Connecticut, he said.
Cross-Sound Cable Co. spokesman Rita Bowlby said a moratorium could cost the company $60 million and delay the project by a year or more.
Developers had hoped to finish the project by summer and are still working on it despite a stay prohibiting the company from burying the cable using a procedure called jet plowing. The a company spokesman said it isn’t concerned about the stay because it won’t begin actually burying the cable until May. The judge will probably issue a final decision on the jet plowing next week.
About Cross-Sound Cable Co. LLC
Cross-Sound Cable Co LLC consists of a unit of TransEnergie, the transmission subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec, and United Capital Investment Inc., an unregulated unit of UIL Holdings Corp. (UIL).
For more information, visit http://www.crosssoundcable.com.