NYS Public Service Commission Hearing re: National Grid Petition for Amendments to their Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Order Confirming Lightened Regulation


The New York State Public Service Commission (“Commission”) will hold public statement hearings before an administrative law judge concerning the requests of National Grid Port Jefferson Energy Center, LLC and National Grid Glenwood Energy Center LLC (collectively, “Petitioners”) for amendments to their certificates of public convenience and necessity. Those certificates, granted in 2001, authorized construction and operation of those electric generation facilities subject to a maximum 79.9 megawatt (MW) generation output for each facility. Petitioners now propose that the 79.9 MW output caps be eliminated, thereby allowing each facility to generate up to its full 94 MW net-to-grid capacity for delivery into the Long Island Power Authority’s electric system.

Petitioners state that the proposed changes would result in more efficient operation of the facilities, displacement of less efficient resources and minimization of any existing operational concerns. They note, in addition, that the Long Island Power Authority requested that Petitioners seek approval to raise the facilities’ output limitations.

The Commission’s goal is to obtain public feedback on Petitioners’ proposals. Attached here is the Factsheet and Notice of Public Hearing. The public statement hearings will be held as follows:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Gold Coast Library Annex
40 Rail Road Avenue
Glen Head, NY 11545
Time: 12:30 pm

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Glenwood Landing School
60 Cody Avenue
Glen Head, NY 11545
Time: 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Port Jefferson Village Hall
121 W. Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Time: 1:00 pm (afternoon hearing)
       6:00 pm (evening hearing)

It is not necessary to be present at the start of the hearing or to make an appointment in advance in order to speak. Persons interested in speaking will be asked to complete a card requesting time to speak when they arrive at the hearing, and will be called in the order in which the cards are received. Speakers are not required to provide written copies of their comments.

The public statement hearing will be held open for a minimum of one hour, and will be kept open until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made. A verbatim transcript of the hearings will be made for inclusion in the record.

Disabled persons requiring special accommodations should contact the Department of Public Service’s Human Resource Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible.

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 (518) 474-2520 number. Individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English are encouraged to call the Commission at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this notice.

Other Ways to Comment

For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public statement hearing, there are several other ways to comment about this case to the Commission. Comments should refer to “Case 17-E-0057 – National Grid Port Jefferson Energy Center, LLC and National Grid Glenwood Energy Center LLC – Certificate Amendments and Lightened Regulation.”

Internet: Go to the Web site (www.dps.ny.gov), click on “Search”, search using case number “17-E-0057”, and then click the “Post Comments” button at the top of the page; or e-mail comments to the Secretary to the Commission at secretary@dps.ny.gov.

Mail or Delivery: Comments may be mailed or delivered to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350.

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, but a summary of them is provided to the Commission.

Comments submitted via these alternative means are requested by March 28, 2017. Comments will become part of the record considered by the Commission. Written comments may be accessed on the Web site by searching Case 17-E-0057 and clicking on the “Public Comments” tab. Many libraries offer free Internet access.