CSC: DO 302 D&O
Decisions

DOCKET NO. 302 – Northeast Utilities Service Company, on behalf of The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of the proposed Killingly 2G Substation at 193 Tracy Road and 227-257 Park Road in the Towns of Killingly and Putnam, and the proposed connections to the existing #347 345-kV line and the existing #1607 and #1505 115-kV lines.

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

May 11, 2005

Decision and Order

Pursuant to the foregoing Findings of Fact and Opinion, the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) finds that the effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new substation and its connection to the existing 345-kV and 115-kV transmission lines located at 193 Tracy Road, Killingly and 227-257 Park Road, Putnam and associated equipment upgrades including effects on the natural environment; ecological integrity and balance; forests and parks; scenic, historic, and recreational values; air and water purity; fish and wildlife; and public health and safety are not disproportionate either alone or cumulatively with other effects compared to need, are not in conflict with the policies of the State concerning such effects, and are not sufficient reason to deny the application. Therefore, the Council directs that a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, as provided by General Statutes § 16-50k, be issued to the Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new substation and its connection to the existing 345-kV and 115-kV transmission lines located at 193 Tracy Road, Killingly and 227-257 Park Road, Putnam and associated equipment upgrades.

The facility shall be constructed, operated, and maintained substantially as specified in the Council’s record in this matter, and is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The Certificate Holder shall perform all tree clearing outside of the breeding seasons of the brown thrasher and the whip-poor-will to minimize the effects on those species. The whip-poor-will breeds from approximately late May through July. The brown thrasher breeds from approximately mid-April through August.
  2. The Certificate Holder shall comply with all future electric and magnetic field standards promulgated by State or federal regulatory agencies. Upon the establishment of any new standards, the facilities granted in this Decision and Order shall be brought into compliance with such standards as soon as practical.
  3. The Development and Management Plan (D&M Plan) shall include the following elements:
  1. A final site plan showing the placement of all substation equipment, structures, and buildings within the substation perimeter, landscape plantings using native shrubs and trees, and the location of all temporary and permanent tap structures;
  2. Provisions for storm water management and oil containment;
  1. The Certificate Holder shall provide to the Council notification of the following events not less than one week in advance of their occurrence:

a) Commencement of construction for the substation and transmission line connection;

b) Installation of the storm water management and oil containment devices.

  1. The Certificate Holder shall notify the Council if and when substation operations terminate.
  2. The Certificate Holder shall provide the following to the Council:

    a) A six month report on the electric and magnetic field measurements at the locations of the pre-construction survey and at the transmission tap line.

    b) A report to be submitted to the Council within three months after the conclusion of the first year of operation, to include:

    I. A drawing depicting the location of all buildings, structures, and conduit;

    II. The final total cost of the project;

    III. Information relevant to the overall condition, safety, reliability, and operation of the substation.

  3. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, this Decision and Order shall be void if all construction authorized herein is not completed within five years of the effective date of the Decision and Order, or within five years after all appeals to this Decision and Order have been resolved.

By this Decision and Order, the Council disposes of the legal rights, duties, and privileges of each party named or admitted to the proceeding in accordance with Section 16-50j-17 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

The parties and intervenors to this proceeding are:

APPLICANT

Northeast Utilities Service Company, on behalf of The Connecticut Light and Power Company

ITS REPRESENTATIVE

Roger C. Zaklukiewicz, Vice President-Transmission Projects
Northeast Utilities Service Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(860) 665-6885
(860) 665-6717 fax
zaklurc@nu.com

Elizabeth A. Maldonado, Esq.
Northeast Utilities Service Company, Legal Dept.
107 Selden Street
Berlin, CT 06037
(860) 665-5513
maldoea@nu.com

Anthony Fitzgerald, Esq.
Robert S. Golden, Jr., Esq.
Carmody & Torrance LLP
50 Leavenworth Street
P.O. Box 1110
Waterbury, CT 06721-1110
(203) 573-1200
(203) 575-2600 fax
afitzgerald@carmodylaw.com
rgolden@carmodylaw.com



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