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PROPOSED NYSEG PROJECT WOULD ENHANCE RELIABILITY
AND HELP MEET INCREASING DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY IN CENTRAL SOUTHERN TIER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Corning, NY, June 25, 2008 – NYSEG is proposing to build a new, 9.4-mile, overhead, 115-kilovolt (kv) transmission line and two new substations in order to enhance reliability and meet the increasing demand for electricity across much of Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. 

The proposed transmission line would start in the vicinity of where NYSEG’s existing Meyer-to-Hillside transmission line crosses Stoney Ridge Road in the Town of Campbell. It would then continue to the south, southeast and then east to NYSEG’s existing West Erie Substation in the Town of Erwin. The project includes a new substation at the starting point of the new transmission line and another new substation at Corning Inc.’s Sullivan Park complex. (See map that accompanies this news release.)

A System Impact Study must be prepared by NYSEG and then approved by the New York Independent System Operator, the entity that is responsible for the operation of the state’s bulk-power system. In addition, the project must be reviewed by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), and some local permits will be required.

NYSEG has just begun what will be extensive outreach and communications on this project. There will be opportunities for the public to comment on the project through the local permitting process and by contacting NYSEG directly. Comments and questions can be directed to Bob Pass, NYSEG’s regional community outreach and development manager, at 607.347.2148.

A preliminary project schedule calls for determination of the final route and substation locations, filing for approvals and permits, obtaining rights of way, and engineering and design work to be completed through late 2009. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2010.