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.
The 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.
The Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for this project was granted by the NY Public Service Commission (PSC) through the Order Adopting Joint Proposal effective Aug. 14, 2020.
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.
- The Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) for the US Army Corp of Engineers Nationwide Permit was submitted on March 10, 2021 and is currently under review.
- The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was submitted to the various MS4 communities (Kingston, Ulster, Saugerties) on April 30, 2021 and is currently under review.
- The Environmental Management and Construction Plan (EM&CP) was submitted to the PSC on May 3, 2021 and is currently under review by the agencies and parties active in the case.
- Preparations are underway to conduct investigative geo-technical drilling in various locations along the SB-Line 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. This work is expected to commence in July 2021 and proceed throughout the summer.
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
- Submission of Environmental Management and Construction Plan (EM&CP): May 3, 2021
- Anticipated approval of Environmental Management and Construction Plan including any necessary edits: Second Half 2021
- Geo-technical drilling along SB-Line right-of-way: Summer 2021
- Construction: 2022-2025. Likely start at southern end (Kingston).
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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