NYSEG RECEIVES FINAL PERMITS FOR CORNING VALLEY TRANSMISSION PROJECT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Corning, NY, August 26, 2010 – NYSEG has received the final permits needed for its Corning Valley Transmission Project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have approved NYSEG’s application to fill less than a half-acre of wetlands and to convert just over an acre of forested wetlands to scrub-shrub wetlands, both in the Town of Erwin (Steuben County). To mitigate the wetland impacts, NYSEG, in cooperation with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, a network of 19 soil and water conservation districts in New York and Pennsylvania, will acquire 22 acres on Campground Road in the Town of Caitlin (Chemung County) where 5.6 acres of wetlands will be enhanced and another 4.6 acres of wetlands will be preserved.
“Together with the recently completed Ithaca Transmission Project and other planned projects, the Corning Valley Transmission Project demonstrates our commitment to making strategic investments to strengthen the backbone of our electricity delivery system,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.
A System Reliability Impact Study for the Corning Valley Transmission Project was previously approved by the New York Independent System Operator, the entity that is responsible for the operation of the state’s bulk power system, and the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the project.
The Corning Valley Transmission Project consists of a new, 9.2-mile, overhead, 115-kilovolt (kv) transmission line and two new substations in order to meet the increasing demand for electricity and enhance reliability across much of Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. This $55 million project will also help meet the area’s growing demand for electricity to support new jobs.
Construction will begin later this year, and the new facilities are expected to be in operation next summer.