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PUBLIC NOTICE: Application by National Grid, Lasher Road Substation

Case 10-T-0080 – Application of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need Pursuant to Article VII for the Construction of a New 115 kV Transmission Line from Spier Falls to Rotterdam, New York


 Subject:  Case 10-T-0080 – construction and operation of a 115 kV/13.2 kV transmission switching and distribution substation and associated 115 kV line extensions.

On or about February 9, 2018, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid” or the “Company”) is filing the first phase (“Phase 1”) of a proposed Environmental Management and Construction Plan (“EM&CP”) with the New York Public Service Commission (“Commission”), in compliance with the Order Granting Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, issued and effective February 24, 2011 (“Original Order”) and the Order Granting Amendment of Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need Subject to Conditions, issued and effective July 18, 2017 in Case 10-T-0080 (“Amendment Order”) for the proposed Lasher Road substation project (“Project”). The Phase 1 EM&CP will cover only a limited portion of the work required for Project construction: specifically, the clearing of trees and shrubs on the Project site. The second phase (“Phase 2”) of the EM&CP, which National Grid expects to file in approximately two months, will cover the remaining construction work on the Project.

EM&CP Each of the two phases of the EM&CP will describe the environmental protection measures to be implemented during the construction work on the Project covered by that phase. Section I of each phase of the EM&CP will provide a general description of the Project. Section II of each phase will list each condition of the Original Order and Amendment Order that is applicable to the construction work on the Project covered by that phase and National Grid’s responses thereto. Section III will address the mapping requirements and the statement of objectives, techniques and procedures as set forth in the General Guidelines for Environmental Management and Construction Plans, as applicable to the construction work on the Project covered by that phase.

Promptly after each phase of the EM&CP is filed, it will be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the local public library in or closest to the Project site.

LASHER ROAD SUBSTATION PROJECT The Lasher Road Substation Project consists of constructing and operating a 115 kV/13.2 kV transmission switching and distribution substation (“Lasher Road Substation”) and associated 115 kV line extensions (“115 kV Line Extensions”) that would tie into the National Grid’s existing 115 kV Spier Falls to Rotterdam Transmission Line #2 (“Line 2”), its existing 115kV Luther Forest to Rotterdam #1 (“Line 1”) and its existing 115 kV Spier Falls to Luther Forest Line #302 (“Line 302”). The Project is needed to maintain reliable transmission service and address anticipated load growth in National Grid’s Northeast Region.

The Lasher Road Substation will be located on an approximately 36-acre parcel located north of Randall Road east of the intersection of Randall Road and Lasher Road, in the Town of Ballston, Saratoga County, New York. The parcel is located in the northwest portion of the Town of Ballston, approximately 3.6 miles west-southwest of the Village of Ballston Spa. The Lasher Road Substation will include one 15/20/25 megavolt amperes (“MVA”) power transformer and one 15 kV class switchgear suitable for four feeders. One metal-clad outdoor enclosure will contain the switchgear, secondary electrical equipment, and the protective relaying for the distribution feeders. Another pre-fabricated building will house the 115 kV transmission switchgear, secondary electric equipment, and protective relaying for the transmission switching of the substation. The 115 kV Line Extensions will be comprised of transmission line structures designed to provide a loop in – loop out from Lines 1, 2, and 302 to the Lasher Road Substation.

COMMENTS, COMPLAINTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION Any person may be heard by the Commission on any matter or objection regarding the EM&CP by filing written comments with both the Commission Secretary and National Grid (at the addresses immediately below) within 30 days following the date the EM&CP is filed with the Commission or the date of newspaper publication of this notice, whichever is later. Please reference Case 10-T-0080.

Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, State of New York, Public Service Commission, Empire State Plaza, Agency Building 3, Albany, NY 12223-1350; Phone: 518-474-6530 – Email: [email protected]

Nicholas Spagnoletti, Manager Project Management, National Grid, 300 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13202; Phone: 844-727-6648 – Email:[email protected]

The National Grid agent or employee who will receive complaints, if any, during the construction of the Project is Nicholas Spagnoletti, whose contact information is immediately above. Any person desiring additional information about a specific geographical location or specific subject may request it from National Grid by contacting Mr. Spagnoletti. Any request for additional information should be specific as to the subject of the information desired.

The New York State Department of Public Service, Environmental Certification and Compliance Section can be reached at 518-474-8702.


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