Central Hudson to rebuild 115-kV transmission project in New York

Central Hudson Gas & Electric on July 14 told New York state regulators that it expects to begin construction on July 20 on its A and C Line Rebuild Project in Dutchess County, N.Y.

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) in a March 30 order granted a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to Central Hudson, subject to certain terms, in relation to the company’s proposed 115-kV rebuild project.

According to that order, Central Hudson in October 2013 filed an application seeking the certificate, which, if granted, would authorize the company to rebuild 10.85 miles of 115-kV electric transmission facilities through existing rights of way (ROWs) in the Towns of Pleasant Valley, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill.

Central Hudson estimates that the project will cost about $11.7 million.

“Based upon our review of the record, we conclude that the project will serve the public interest, convenience and necessity,” the PSC said.

Central Hudson, state Department of Public Service (DPS) staff, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets (Ag & Markets) in February filed a joint proposal for the adoption of its terms, including an environmental management and construction plan (EM&CP), proposed PSC findings and proposed certificate conditions.

The company in its July 14 letter said that the notification to begin construction “satisfies Certificate Condition 37 of the order,” and that it has separately notified DPS staff of the commencement date.

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