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NYSEG Files Application With Chenango County IDA for New Electric Transmission Line in Sherburne and Columbus
Rochester, NY – NYSEG yesterday filed an application for its proposed Chenango County Transmission Project with the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The new transmission line will enhance reliability in and provide additional power to the project service area, which includes Agro Farma’s growing production facility in the Town of Columbus.

NYSEG expects the project to be reviewed by the IDA as the “lead agency” under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). This is because the project falls below the 69-kilovolt (kv) threshold that would require approval from the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) under Article VII of Public Service Law. Therefore, the project will be subject to any applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances. In addition to the IDA, other involved and interested agencies include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

NYSEG proposes to build a new 46-kv transmission line from NYSEG’s existing County Line Substation in the Town of Sherburne through the Towns of Sherburne and Columbus to a new substation to be built in the Town of Columbus. NYSEG’s proposed route calls for the first approximately 6.75 miles of the new transmission line to be built parallel to an existing NYSEG transmission line using some existing right of way. The remaining approximately 3.95 miles of the proposed route will require all new rights of way. Property owners will be contacted to discuss new easements that are needed.

NYSEG expects to obtain all environmental permits and approvals for the project by this spring. Construction is expected to begin late in the spring, and the new facilities are expected to be in service by next fall.

The application, including the accompanying SEQRA documents and maps of the proposed route, will soon be available for review on NYSEG’s website (www.nyseg.com).