Trouble in Albany…I mean Delaware…oh sorry – I meant Canada.

Michael McGuire

It appears the multi-taskers at Colmac Power in Toronto are having trouble obtaining a green card to come set up shop in upstate New York.

Tuesday the Public Service Commission ruled that Colmac’s grandchild, New York Regional Interconnect Inc., would have to re-do and revise some of the studies in their ridiculously large Article VII application before it can be reviewed in administrative hearings.

I think this is a big victory. Not saying it’s over, but I think that what the PSC found to be incomplete is quite damaging. They beat NYRI at their own game. The PSC didn’t shoot down the application because “The applicant didn’t consider the feelings and livelyhoods of the people along the line,” or “NYRI has a callous attitude toward the host communities, which was displayed at each public information meeting.” They shot down NYRI’s application because they couldn’t find where it met reliabilty needs; they couldn’t find where NYRI’s line would have a compatible relationship with New York’s electricity grid; they couldn’t find engineering studies showing the effect of NYRI’s line on interfaces to the east and west – NYRI lacked the major technical aspects they said they would upgrade in NYS by building this power line, hoping to sneak by without that critical information by way of waivers.
I don’t know how long it will be before NYRI resubmits their application, but I do know alot of the arguments by a lot of different people were echoed by the PSC.

Local citizens and officials have been doing their homework and keeping the pace with some pretty savy people, it’s to be commended.

One group I’d like to commend specifically is the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce. They dipped off the radar for a little while but I think now I figured out why. Both chamber president Dave Hall and vice president Greg Sheldon led the way when this proposal was released. They knew it needed to be acted on fast and they took a leadership role informing local governments and citizens what this power line was all about and why they needed to be concerned. Once they got everybody up to speed, myself included, this thing took off; they did their job.

Dave Hall had a long career in the armed forces, and I think his understanding of a team effort, has without pause, directed him to fight this thing without an ego and no need for fanfare, just with a purpose of defeating it – whatever way possible. I thank Dave and the rest of the Chamber for all they have done and will continue to do.