Power Authority Schedules Hearing on Out of State Electric Contracts

Jack Murphy

December 16, 2003


ALBANY – New York Power Authority trustees, meeting here Tuesday, authorized a public hearing on proposed contracts for the sale of 34,500 kilowatts (kw) of power from the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena to six neighboring states.

The hearing will be held in the Power Authority’s Offices at 123 Main Street, White Plains, on Feb. 5, 2004, at 10 a.m. After the hearing, the trustees will consider the comments made before voting on the contracts. If they approve, the contracts will be forwarded to Governor Pataki for his consideration.

The six states -- Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Ohio – joined the Power Authority in September 2003 in filing a proposed settlement with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of the Power Authority’s efforts to obtain a new license for the Power Project. The settlement agreement, included as a license condition of the new 50-year license issued by FERC on Oct. 23, 2003, contains allocations totaling 34,500 kw to the six states. About 30,000 kw that was sold out of state under the previous license will now be used in New York State.If approved, the proposed contracts will expire on April 30, 2017.

A seventh state, Massachusetts, declined to join the settlement. FERC, in issuing the license, directed the Power Authority to sell 4,800 kilowatts to Massachusetts. The Power Authority has filed an appeal with FERC over the Massachusetts allocation. In accordance with terms of the license, all seven states are receiving power on the basis of month-to-month agreements until contracts are signed with the six and there is a resolution of the appeal over the allocation to Massachusetts.