CSC: Connecticut Siting Council - Description

About Us

The Connecticut Siting Council was first established as the Power Facility Evaluation Council in 1972 following the passage of the Public Utility Environmental Standards Act. In 1981, it became known as the Connecticut Siting Council with the passage of PA 81-369, which expanded the Council’s original jurisdiction over the siting of power facilities and transmission lines to include hazardous waste facilities. The Council’s jurisdiction has since been extended to include various other forms of infrastructure including telecommunications sites.

Responsibilities

The Council is responsible for:

1) balancing the need for adequate and reliable public utility services at the lowest reasonable cost to consumers with the need to protect the environment and ecology of the state and to minimize damage to scenic, historic, and recreational values;

2) providing environmental standards for the location, design, construction, and operation of public utility facilities that are at least as stringent as federal environmental standards and that are sufficient to assure the welfare and protection of the people of Connecticut;

3) encouraging research to develop new and improved methods of generating, storing, and transmitting electricity and fuel and of transmitting and receiving television and telecommunications signals with minimal damage to the environment;

4) promoting the sharing of telecommunications towers in order to avoid their unnecessary proliferation; and

5) requiring annual forecasts of the demand for electricity together with the planning for facilities needed to supply the predicted demand.

Funding

The Council does not receive its operating revenues from the state’s General Fund. Its funding is generated from two discrete sources: fees and costs attributable to applications received and annual assessments charged to electric utilities, hazardous waste generators, and telecommunications providers in Connecticut. This billing process is pursuant to the provisions of General Statutes §§ 16-50g through 16-50aa and Sections 16-50j-1 through 16-50j-34 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

Compliance

The Council confirms compliance with its certificates and orders through detailed development and management plans and field investigations. Development and management plans are professionally engineered documents that may consist of designs, site plans, construction schedules, and site inspection reports.

Enforcement of Council orders is performed by the Connecticut Attorney General’s office.

Jurisdiction

The Council has specific jurisdiction over the statutorily defined facilities listed below.

Energy Proceedings

General Statutes (16-50i et. seq.)

  1. Electric transmission lines 69-kV or above.
  2. Fuel transmission lines of 200 PSIG or above.
  3. Electric generating or storage facilities excluding emergency generating devices, cogeneration facilities of 25 MW or less, and facilities fueled by renewable energy sources of 1 MW or less.
  4. Electric substation or switchyards of 69-kV or above.
Telecommunications Proceedings

General Statutes (16-50i et. seq)

  1. CATV towers and head-end structures, including associated equipment.
  2. Telecommunications towers owned or operated by the State, a public service company, intrastate telecommunications service providers, or used in a cellular system.

 General Statutes (16-50aa)

  1.  Telecommunications tower sharing.
Hazardous Waste Proceedings

General Statutes (22a-115 et. seq)

    Hazardous waste facilities.
 
Ash Residue Proceedings

General Statutes (22a-208b and 22a-285g et. seq )

  1. Ash residue disposal area arbitration and negotiation.
Electric Forecast of Loads and Resources

General Statutes (16-50r (a))

  1. Annual review of loads and resources by the electric generating industry of the State.
Property Condemnation

General Statutes (16-50z (c))

  1. Dispute resolution for real property condemnation.

Council Membership



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