For Immediate Release: October 9, 2015
BOUNDLESS ENERGY ADDRESSES MISTAKES IN DPS STAFF REPORT ON AC TRANSMISSION
Albany, New York – Boundless Energy, one of four companies that bid to upgrade New York’s energy highway, addressed mistakes made by the Department of Public Service (DPS) in their recent Trial Staff Report on upgrading the AC Transmission in the Hudson Valley. The Public Service Commission held a technical conference this week on the proposed upgrades.
“The arbitrary decision by DPS staff to ignore the state’s own guidelines will negatively impact Hudson Valley residents and the surrounding environment, and their failure to address significant long term issues will lead directly to avoidable rate increases for local consumers. The Boundless Energy Leeds Path West project remains the only proposal that uses innovative technology to deliver the needed capacity without causing massive disruption to residents or the environment. We appreciate the opportunity to correct mistakes made in the staff report and we look forward to a fair review by the Commission.” — Rod Lenfest, President, Boundless Energy
Mistakes made by DPS Staff include:
- Environmental Impacts: The Boundless project is the only proposal that follows the guidelines laid out in the Governor’s Energy Highway initiative to stay within the existing right-of-way envelope, yet this seems to have been ignored by staff in favor of dubious financial benefits. The staff also made false assumptions that led to an artificially higher rating for the environmental impact of the Boundless proposal. We will present the accurate information so that this can be corrected in the staff report.
- Time Frame: ISO has indicated that the projects selected would take 10 years to complete. In contrast, the Boundless projects can be finished in two to three years, with virtually no adverse environmental impact and with considerable public support vis-à-vis the alternative projects.
- Technological Feasibility: The staff made factually inaccurate assertions about ACCC conductors and has a fundamental misunderstanding of the viability of aerial reconductoring and the minimal extent to which Boundless suggests its possible use. We will present evidence that will allow for corrections to be made to the staff report.
- Directional Drilling: The staff was flat out wrong in its analysis of how we would drill and the applicable risks of directional drilling.
- Cost: The staff made highly dubious calculations of the costs and benefits of the competing projects with little or no previous transparency. For example, the magnitude of a $998 million “avoided transmission cost” attributed by the staff to certain projects is totally without merit.
Posted on Fri, October 9, 2015
by John Tompkins