Article VII, ‘Siting of Major Utility Transmission Facilities,’ is the section of the New York State Public Service Law that requires a full review of the need for and environmental impact of the siting, design, construction, and operation of major transmission facilities in New York State.
Article VII establishes the forum in which community residents can participate with members of state and local agencies in the review process. The following is a chart showing the open and transparent process that allows for full public review and engagement. This means ongoing outreach, participation, and dialog at every step of the process.
We submitted the project’s application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need through Article VII on August 20, 2019. The Commission assigned case number 19-T-0549 to the project. Here’s a link to the filed documents list: NYDPS-DMM: Matter Master 19-01931/19-T-0549
The application submission will begin a completeness review, followed by a technical review of the application by the Staff of the New York Public Service Commission, the Department of Public Service. We anticipate the permitting process, including submission of detailed Environmental Management and Compliance Plans will last approximately a year to 18 months.
One of the common permitting questions we’re asked is related to electric and magnetic fields. Through the Article VII permitting process, we’ll calculate the field strength at the edge of the existing utility right of way before and after the project. These values will be compared against New York State guidelines for electric and magnetic field strength. In fact, New York is one of just a few states with any such guidance for new transmission lines. To learn more, check out our Electric and Magnetic Fields Handout.
The New York Department of Public Service has additional information about how to follow along with or participate in the Article VII permitting process here. To formerly participate, a party would need to become an intervenor in the process. Additional information on how to do that, including accessing intervenor funding, is available in our Intervenor Handout and at the New York Department of Public Service.