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PSC seeks comment on Noble Wethersfield Windpark  

The New York Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that it will conduct public statement hearings in the Town of Wethersfield on June 5, 2007, on a proposal by Noble Wethersfield Windpark, LLC to construct approximately 5.5 miles of electric transmission line from the company’s wind energy facility in Wethersfield to an existing transmission line north of the Windpark in the Town of Orangeville.

The date, times, and location for the public statement hearings are:

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2007, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wyoming County Fire Training Center, 3651 Wethersfield Road, Wethersfield, NY 14569

The proposed substation in Wethersfield will collect electricity generated at the Windpark. The proposed switchyard in Orangeville will connect the new transmission line to an existing transmission line owned and operated by the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation.

The public will have an opportunity to present their comments at the hearings before the Administrative Law Judge assigned by the Commission to this case. A verbatim transcript of the hearing will be made for inclusion in the record of this proceeding.

It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or to present written material in order to speak at the public statement hearing. Speakers will be called after completing a card requesting time to speak. The hearing will remain open and will continue until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements are made.

Disabled persons requiring special accommodations may place a collect call to the Department of Public Service’s Human Resource Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711 to reach the Department of Public Service’s Human Resource Office at the previously mentioned number.

Other Ways to Comment

In addition to the formal hearings, comments may be mailed to Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350. Your comments should refer to “Case 07-T-0140 – Application of Noble Wethersfield Windpark’s Proposal to Construct 5.5 Miles of 230 KV Transmission Line.”

Toll-free Opinion Line: Comments may also be submitted through the Commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending cases from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should select English or Spanish and press “1” to leave comments.

The Internet: Comments may also be submitted via the “PSC Comment Form” in the “Consumer Assistance” file accessed through the Commission’s www.dps.state.ny.us Web site or the “Contact Us” link at www.AskPSC.com. Many libraries offer free Internet access.

All statements and comments received by the Administrative Law Judge and the Commission will be placed in the public case file and be made available for public inspection in the Commission’s file room in its Albany office, Central Files, 14th Floor, Three Empire State Plaza.

The application for the proposed transmission facilities can be viewed at the following local locations:

Wethersfield Town Hall, 4362 Route 78, Gainesville, NY 14066

Orangeville Town Hall, 3529 Route 20A, Warsaw, NY 14569

Noble Environmental Power Offices, 7294 Centerville Road, Bliss, NY 14024

State of New York Public Service Commission

31 May 2007

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