H&SB Transmission Project

Central Hudson is planning to rebuild an existing electric transmission line to help meet the energy needs of local communities, address aging infrastructure and to enhance electric service reliability. The transmission line was originally constructed in 1928, and is nearing the end of its useful life. Rebuilding the line is an important investment in the electric infrastructure serving the region. Reconstruction of the line is expected to take place without any electric service interruption to customers.

hsb_existinglocation.jpgThe transmission lines, named "H" and "SB", are located in a 23.6-mile corridor between Kingston in Ulster County to North Catskill in Greene County. The corridor passes through open space, wooded parcels and residential/commercial areas. Plans are to reconstruct the line within the existing right-of-way in nearly all areas, with the exception of a proposed new route for a small portion of the line within a quarry in order to avoid a large wetland. Both the lattice towers and wires will be replaced along the entire route, and some poles may be relocated within the easement, for example to span environmentally sensitive areas. The existing lattice towers will be replaced with a streamlined and slightly taller single pole design made of Corten steel, which features a characteristic brown, wood-like patina to help blend with the landscape. The rebuild design will increase the line's capability from 69,000 volts (69 kV) to 115,000 volts (115 kV), however the line will continue to operate at 69 kV until the increase in voltage is needed.

Central Hudson has engaged the consulting services of VHB environmental engineers to complete necessary environmental reviews for the project and to identify any natural and historic features that should be preserved. Central Hudson is also working with affected municipalities and Ulster and Greene counties, as well at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Department of Public Service, and New York Department of Agriculture & Markets.

Central Hudson’s Application to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), inclusive of project maps and numerous exhibits and environmental studies, is available on the PSC website.  For information regarding the Article VII permitting process, refer to the PSC publication “The Certification Review Process For Major Electric and Fuel Gas Transmission Facilities” here.

Inquiries to Central Hudson about this project should be directed to Chris Rottkamp, Director of Project Management, at 845-486-5342.

 

Recent Happenings

  • Article VII settlement discussions with all involved Parties, including the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Agriculture & Markets (DAM), have concluded.
  • The Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need was granted by the Public Service Commission through the Order Adopting Joint Proposal, effective August 14, 2020.  The link to view this Certificate can be found using the following link:  Order Adopting Joint Proposal
  • Draft Environmental Management and Construction Plan (“EM&CP”) drawings are under review, including field reviews with various State agencies through October 2020.
  • The final proposed EM&CP is expected to be completed by Central Hudson and formally submitted to the Public Service Commission by the end of 2020.  The formal review and approval process is expected to be concluded in early 2021.
  • Preparations are underway to conduct investigative geo-technical drilling in various locations along the right-of-way.  The resulting geotechnical studies will be used by Central Hudson to finalize design of concrete foundations and access roads where required.  Such investigative drilling activities does not constitute the commencement of construction.
  • The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) has been completed and is expected to be submitted to the various MS4 communities (municipalities) by the end of 2020.

 

Project Schedule Milestones

  • Central Hudson's application submission to the Public Service Commission: December 29, 2017
  • Public Service Commission Issuance of Certificate of Need: August 14, 2020               
  • Approval of Environmental Management and Construction Plans: 1st Quarter 2021
  • Construction: 2021-2024

 

Schedule of Public Involvement Activities

  • Sept. 18, 2017 Open House Informational Session #1 of 2, Saugerties Senior Center, 207 Market Street, Saugerties, NY
  • Sept. 22, 2017 Open House Informational Session #2 of 2, Ulster Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Drive, Lake Katrine, NY
  • Aug. 7, 2018: Public Statement Hearing at the Frank Greco Memorial Multi-Purpose Center, 207 Market Street, Saugerties; Information session at 6 p.m., Public Statement Hearing begins at 7 p.m.

 

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How Interested Persons May Participate as a Party in This Case

Interested persons who wish to participate as parties in the case may file for party status. This may be done through the Public Service Commission's website. From the home page of the Commission's website, a prospective party should click on "Search." Under "Popular Searches" select "Latest Cases/Matters started." In the "Search" section of the Web page, enter "Central Hudson" in the keyword search box and press "Search" on the right side of the page. Then, in the "Search Results" at the bottom of the page, click on the Case/Matter number on the left side. This will bring the user to the main Document and Matter Management ("DMM") page for this case. On that page, the prospective party should click the button at the upper right labeled "Request for Party Status" to see a Web page with instructions for the procedures to follow to become a party. The timeframe for filing a request to be a party to this case is throughout the pendency of the case.