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Power line's route is projected through upstate New York

An underwater cable from the Galloo Island Wind Project will make landfall north of Wehle State Park and North Schoolhouse Road in the town of Henderson.

Once on shore, the transmission line will run south, away from the shore. It will pass through Henderson, Ellisburg, Sandy Creek, Richland and Albion. In Parish, it will connect to a 345-kilovolt line that runs to Syracuse.

Upstate NY Power Corp. has proposed a project with 77 turbines spread over 2,000 acres on Galloo Island. The project could produce about 260 megawatts of electricity.

Upstate NY Power Project Manager Thomas L. Hagner told the Times on Tuesday that the large power production the company plans on the island will prevent the project from connecting to the grid in Jefferson County.

“That’s the only one that had enough transmission capacity to handle our project,” he said.

While the town of Hounsfield Planning Board and the Department of Environmental Conservation are wrangling over which agency will be the lead agency on the environmental review for the project, the town of Henderson has little say on the overall project.

But Upstate NY Power officials say they are talking to each of the towns involved in the project.

“We’re early in the discussions with each town,” spokesman Matthew Dallas said. Those discussions include what each town requires for permits and what each town could potentially gain from hosting the power line.

Besides the suggested location for a landfall site, “I’ve heard nothing so far,” Henderson Supervisor Clyde T. Moore said. He said the proposal for a power transmission line will go to the Planning Board.

The town would like to have some benefit for hosting the line.

“If there’s a possibility of us getting anything. But we haven’t gotten that far yet,” Moore said. Then he laughed and added, “Free power would be nice.”

The Watertown Daily Times


31 January 2008