Article VII - Siting of Electric/Gas Transmission Facilites
What is Article VII?
Article VII of the New York State Public Service Law sets forth a review process for any application to construct and operate a major utility transmission facility. Article VII establishes a single forum for reviewing the need for, and environmental impact of, certain major electric and gas transmission facilities. The law requires that an applicant must apply for and receive a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) and meet the Article VII requirements before constructing any such facility.
New transmission lines are proposed because of the public’s demand for reliable, economical utility services and because energy sources are usually located at a distance from the populations they serve. Transmission lines interconnect the various utility systems within the state with those in other states and Canada. A determination of the need for any particular project, however, depends on the circumstances of the case and is a major element in the review conducted under the Article VII Law.
The Commission strongly encourages applicants to communicate with the public early in the project’s planning phase, as well as during all subsequent phases of the Article VII process. The primary, proposed location and alternative locations listed, appearance, cost, and construction and maintenance practices of, as well as the need for, the facility are all subject to review. Article VII provides opportunities for individual and group stakeholders having an interest in the project to participate in the review of an application and to offer personal views and concerns regarding the project that will be evaluated in determining the outcome of the proceeding.
For More Information
PSC has developed a guide to explain the Article VII process and how the public can be involved. In addition, information about on-going proceedings is available on the Department of Public Service website.