Hearing set on Greenidge plans

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
This map shows the proposed path of a pipeline that will transport natural gas to the Greenidge Power Station

The New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) invites public comment on three requests filed by the subsidiary companies of Greenidge Generation Holdings LLC, seeking approval to resume the operation of the electric generating plant near Dresden, and to construct and operate a 4.6 mile underground gas pipeline in Milo and Torrey.

In the first petition, Greenidge Generation seeks expedited approval of its request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate) allowing it to resume the operation, and an order confirming that it would be subject to lightened regulation as a generator participating in the wholesale energy market. The 106.3 megawatt plant has been out of service since March 19, 2011.

In the second petition, the Greenidge Pipeline companies seek expedited approval of their request for a certificate authorizing them to exercise the rights granted under their road crossing agreement with the Town of Torrey, and an order providing for incidental or lightened regulation of their operation of a proposed underground gas pipeline in the Towns of Milo and Torrey.

In the third petition, Greenidge Pipeline companies request a certificate authorizing the underground gas pipeline that would tap into the existing Empire Gas Pipeline on Himrod Road in Milo, running underground eastward through cultivated fields and along the rim of the Keuka Lake Outlet to the Greenidge Power Plant. According to the public notice, the eight inch, high pressure pipeline will require clearing of natural vegetation across a right-of-way, ranging from 50 to 75-feet in width.

An opportunity for public information and comment will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Dresden Firehouse, 3 Firehouse Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. with an informational forum, followed at 7 p.m. by a public statement hearing.

Several documents related to the requests can be found on the Public Service Commission’s website at www.dps.ny.gov.

Search for the case numbers listed below to view the petitions and supporting documents.

Other Ways to Comment

For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public statement hearing, there are other ways to send comments about these requests to the Commission. Comments should refer to one or more of the cases:

• Case 15-E-0516 - Greenidge Generation, LLC

• Case 15-G-0571 - Greenidge Pipeline, LLC and Greenidge Pipeline Properties Corporation

• Case 15-T-0586 - Greenidge Pipeline, LLC, and Greenidge Pipeline Properties Corporation.

• Internet: Go to the Web site (www.dps.ny.gov), click on “Search” search using the relevant case number, and then click on “Post Comments” at the top of the page.

• E-mail: Comments may be sent directly to the Secretary to the Commission at secretary@dps.ny.gov

• Mailed: To Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350.

All written comments will become part of the records in these proceedings and will be reported to the Commission for its consideration. All submitted comments may be accessed on the Commission’s web site (go to www.dps.ny.gov, then search using the relevant case number).

• Toll-Free Opinion Line: You may call the Commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is set up to take comments about pending cases from in-State callers, 24 hours a day. These comments are not transcribed verbatim, but a summary is provided to the Commission.

If you go

What: Greenidge Plant and Pipeline Public Information and Comment Hearing

When: Information session 6 to 7 p.m.; Public Comments at 7 p.m. Nov. 4

Where: Dresden Fire House, Firehouse Avenue, Dresden

Details Online:  At www.dps.ny.gov, search for case numbers:

15-E-0516

15-G-0571

15-T-9586