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Public Information Presentation. Meeting Schedule. Town of Pleasant Valley May 07, 2014 Town of Union Vale May 08, 2014 Town of LaGrange May 21, 2014 Town of Dover May 28, 2014. Agenda. Project Team Project Purpose, Scope, and Objectives Project Benefits

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Public information presentation

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Meeting schedule
Meeting Schedule

  • Town of Pleasant Valley

    May 07, 2014

  • Town of Union Vale

    May 08, 2014

  • Town of LaGrange

    May 21, 2014

  • Town of Dover

    May 28, 2014


  • Project Team

  • Project Purpose, Scope, and Objectives

  • Project Benefits

  • Project Location and Design Considerations

  • Article VII Review Steps

  • Construction Process

  • Public Involvement

  • Questions

Project team
Project Team

  • Cricket Valley Energy (CVE)

    • Developer of Cricket Valley Energy Center, a fully permitted $1.4 billion natural gas-fueled, high-efficiency, combined-cycle power generation facility in the Town of Dover/Dutchess County

    • Subsidiary of Advanced Power, NA

  • Epsilon Associates, Inc.

    • Project environmental consultant

  • DiGioia Gray & Associates

    • Project engineer

  • Arch Street Communications

    • Public information

Project purpose
Project Purpose

  • CVE has been required by New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to increase transmission capacity, redundancy, and operational capabilities by funding and installing a transmission line in the existing 14.6-mile Con Edison right-of-way between the Town of Dover and the Con Edison substation in the Town of Pleasant Valley.

  • Not part of any of the following transmission line projects: NY Transco Edic to Pleasant Valley; NEXTERA New Scotland to Pleasant Valley; North American Transmission; or Boundless Energy Transmission.

  • Project scope
    Project Scope

    • New 14.6-mile 345 kV line within the existing Con Edison right-of-way (ROW) between the Project in Dover and Con Edison’s Pleasant Valley substation

    • Re-conductoring of a 3.4-mile segment of existing line #398 between the Project site the NY/CT border

    • Protection and communication upgrades at the Pleasant Valley substation (within existing control buildings)

    Project objectives
    Project Objectives

    • Ensure the reliability, stability, operability, and transfer limits of the transmission system are maintained with the connection of the Cricket Valley Energy Center

    • Locate the new transmission line inside the existing 250-foot-wide Con Edison ROW with minimal disruption to the environment and neighboring communities

    • Transfer ownership to Con Edison upon completion

    Project benefits
    Project Benefits

    • CVE will fund the approximately $55 million infrastructure investment

    • There will be no cost to utility customers or taxpayers for this project

    • Local labor prioritized for line construction and re-conductoring

      • Average 40-60 workers for line construction

      • Approximately 20 worker crew for re-conductoring

    • Local purchases during construction

    • Increased transmission capacity and grid resilience

    Project design
    Project Design

    • New line entirely within the existing Con Edison ROW

    • New line will use state-of-the-art steel monopole structures with delta configuration and generally follow spacing of existing Con Edison lattice towers

    • Conductors will be bundled, “Mallard” Aluminum Conductor Steel-Supported (ACSS) cables, selected based on rating/line capacity, cost, line losses and other performance factors

    • Protection and communication upgrades at Pleasant Valley substation (within existing control buildings)

    Design considerations
    Design Considerations

    • ROW land-use and environmental-base mapping in accordance with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation policies.

    • Field surveys and time-of-year restrictions for protected and sensitive species

    • Invasive species, archaeological, and historic surveys

    • Wetlands delineation with adjustments to structure locations to avoid wetlands and other sensitive areas

    Simulated view
    Simulated View

    Town of Dover

    Public information presentation

    Simulated View

    Town of LaGrange

    Public information presentation

    Simulated View

    Town of Union Vale

    Public information presentation

    Simulated View

    Town of Pleasant Valley

    Article vii review steps
    Article VII Review Steps

    • December 30, 2013: submit Article VII application; copies distributed to area libraries – Complete

    • Public Statement Hearing, in project area

    • Development of joint proposal: Public Service Commission (PSC) staff with input from interested parties

    • Recommendations by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

    • PSC Hearing and Determination in Albany

    • Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need

    Construction process
    Construction Process

    • Environmental Management and Construction Plan approved by Department of Public Service (DPS)

    • Manage ROW in accordance with Con Edison’s Vegetation Management Plan (VMP)

    • Establish laydown/staging areas—one primary area +/- 20 acres; additional storage areas, 2-3 acres each

    • Survey to mark/avoid sensitive areas, clearing areas and structure locations

    Construction process cont d
    Construction Process, cont’d

    • Construction matting where required for temporary access across wetlands

    • Establish structure foundations (rock anchors, rock micro-piles, conventional)

    • Set structures; install davits, insulators, and stringing blocks; string conductors

    • Re-grading and restoration

    Public involvement
    Public Involvement

    • Frequently Updated Website:

    • Public Information Meetings

    • Advisory Working Groups

    • Newsletter

    • Direct mail

    • Press releases

    • Email sign up

    • Ombudsman

    • Community Outreach Office

    • Legal Notices and Advertisements