Monday, February 1, 2016

About Those Power Lines

On December 17, 2015, the New York State Public Service Commission decided to move ahead with plans for new high-voltage transmission lines that would cut through a major swath of the Hudson Valley. In recent days, an update on the situation has been issued by both the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition and Scenic Hudson. Excerpts from that update are quoted below.

The Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition and citizens who joined its campaign won a commitment that the project will be built within existing rights of way and not cross the Hudson River and its sensitive ecosystem. The chosen project route also will not destroy world-class views and natural surroundings at historic sites and destinations such as the Olana State Historic Site, FDR Home and Library, and Omega Institute. Using independent science and economic research, the coalition achieved modifications in the project and its route that will reduce potential damage to a host of community resources. . . .
Member organizations of the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition will continue to play a role in the process as it moves forward to ensure the gains made are implemented and to push for the most environmentally sound energy system for the state. We will press for projects that will minimize negative impacts to communities, property owners and natural resources. 
During the next year, New York State entities will require the competing power lines developers to submit refined proposals that comply with parameters--shaped by hard-won concessions brought about by the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition and citizens--the PSC outlined in its decision.

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