The New York Public Service Commission approves plan to expedite development of electric transmission projects.
New York Public Service Commission
Contact: James Denn
Albany, NY—08/14/14—The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today established a policy that would allow for a 10-month expedited review process for future electric transmission projects that can be built within existing utility or State-owned rights of way.
“This new policy is designed to reduce the time required to evaluate such transmission proposals in order to provide a clear financial incentive for the development of transmission projects that respect community interests and can be implemented quickly using existing rights-of-way and State-owned assets,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “This new policy will meet
Governor Cuomo’s objectives to encourage innovation and use existing rights-of-way so that New York experiences the smart growth of the electric grid with the least impact to the environment and our communities.”
The Commission’s policy applies to electric transmission projects that are not likely to have significant environmental impacts and utilize existing transmission or state-owned rights-of-way. It encourages the use of advanced technologies that may increase the throughput of electric facilities that could potentially avoid the need for additional transmission facilities in the future.
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