No action on NRG repowering from PSC

The New York State Public Service Commission held its monthly meeting Thursday but there was no mention of the issue which has had the attention of local residents for well over a year.

The NRG repowering was not listed as an agenda item and the PSC members did not bring it up during the meeting.

The PSC continues to request and receive documents from both NRG and National Grid on their different proposals to meet system reliability needs. The PSC has also received requests from environmental groups opposed to the repowering plan for documents and information provided by the two companies that contain redacted portions.

On Thursday, the PSC posted a notice that Earthjustice, on behalf of the Ratepayer and Community Intervenors, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Environmental Advocates of New York, was seeking an order granting a rehearing on an Oct. 9 ruling that limited access to certain documents in Case 12-E-0577, “A Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to Examine Repowering Alternatives to Utility Transmission Reinforcements.”

The PSC has scheduled public statement hearing sessions for 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Olean Municipal building on a proposal by National Grid to amend a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to construct a new 345kV/115kV transmission station and six new transmission loops to connect three existing transmission lines to the station, located at 4580 Five Mile Road (County Route 19) in the Town of Humphrey in Cattaraugus County.

The PSC did act on several issues, including denying a request from Time Warner Cable Information Services LLC for a waiver of PSC rules regarding the hours and days it can disconnect telephone customers who have fallen behind on their telephone bills.

The PSC is keeping the disconnect hours at 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. The PSC did approve other requests that Time Warner had made in terms of the telephone service that it provides to 1.2 million customers, which is regulated apart from the company’s cable television and internet business.

The PSC authorized Time Warner, in the absence of instructions from the customer and a pending billing dispute, to apply the full amount of a partial payment to the basic local telephone service charges, and upon satisfaction of basic local service charges, to apply any residual, or subsequent payment received during the same billing period, to non-basic services.