New York PSC approves National Grid transmission work motion

New York state regulators have granted a motion by Niagara Mohawk Power, a unit of National Grid USA, regarding the use of aerial photographs as it pertains to proposed work on 115-kV electric transmission lines.

As noted in the order, National Grid last May filed an application for the relocation and selective reconductoring and reconstruction of certain of its existing 115-kV electric transmission lines located in Onondaga County, N.Y.

In a motion filed simultaneously with its application, the company sought a waiver of the requirements in two specific instances. Since the filing of its motion, the company has determined that it can meet the requirements in one of those two instances and has withdrawn its request for a waiver on that item, the PSC added, noting that National Grid now seeks a waiver of the requirement to allow the use of aerial photographs that were taken more than six months before the application was filed.

Specifically, the company’s motion, if granted, would allow it to use aerial photographs taken in May 2013. The PSC added that the company asserts that it “has verified through field reconnaissance conducted over several days in October of 2014 that the submitted aerial photographs accurately reflect current conditions.”

As TransmissionHub reported, the PSC on July 1 said that interested persons wishing to submit comment involving National Grid’s proposed work on the Clay–DeWitt Line 3 and Clay–Teall Line 10 were to do so by Aug. 24.

In its Sept. 18 order, the PSC said that state Department of Public Service staff commented on the company’s waiver motion in an Aug. 14 letter indicating no opposition to the company’s waiver request, and no other comments were filed.

The PSC said that the company’s “proposed photographs here will provide the substantive information required by the regulation and the waiver request should be granted subject to a requirement to supplement the application, if materially changed conditions make that necessary.”

According to a Sept. 22 letter from the DPS to the company, the company’s application is now deemed complete.

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