CARI told to wait for additional information about NYRI project

ALBANY – The Communities Against Regional Interconnect group has been told by the state Public Service Commission that its motion seeking to direct NYRI to submit more information for its application has been denied by the state agency.

NYRI wants to build a power line from Oneida County to Orange County and is in the application stages. The PSC has told the private company on two occasions – in 2006 and again in early 2008, that its application was incomplete.

CARI, which is comprised of area counties, government officials and other groups, formally asked the PSC to direct NYRI to submit additional information in order to “correct deficiencies” in its application and to develop the record fully so it can be able to make the findings required by law.

But, in a decision dated last week, the PSC said NYRI has not yet filed a complete application and CARI has not conducted sufficient discovery of the application. With neither filed, CARI’s motion is premature, the PSC stated. The agency said, though, that CARI may renew its motion, “If, after attempting discover, it feels the information NYRI supplies is not adequate and the information sought is necessary for the commission to render a determination.”

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