FERC Resolves Outstanding
Issues in Power Authority’s New License
June 9, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS – New York Power Authority officials
Tuesday praised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s actions that
resolved nearly all outstanding issues that had been raised in response
to the issuance of a new 50-year license for the St. Lawrence-Franklin
D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena.
“We’re obviously pleased with FERC’s decisions,”
said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the
Power Authority. “Our staff worked long and hard with many people having
a stake in the outcome of the licensing process, and with the FERC staff
during the proceedings. These rulings by FERC validate all the time and
effort that went into achieving the license and putting to rest the
FERC issued its rehearing order in the relicensing
of the St. Lawrence-FDR Project last Friday.
In a significant ruling on power allocations, FERC
reversed its earlier decision to require an allocation of 4,800
kilowatts (kw) to Massachusetts. It also accepted NYPA's argument that
there is no evidence of Congressional intent that St. Lawrence-FDR
Project power be allocated to neighboring states. FERC, however, did
not alter the article which incorporated settlement terms with the other
six out-of-state customers. Those agreements, reached prior to
submitting the license application, cover 34,500 kw of power. These
allocations expire in 2017.
In another allocation issue, FERC rejected arguments
raised by the Niagara Power Coalition (NPC). Specifically, FERC
rejected the power coalition’s request for an allocation of St.
Lawrence-FDR power and its request that FERC include a license provision
to modify the allocation during the 50-year license term.
FERC’s ruling also confirmed the location of the new
project boundary it had approved in an order dated Dec. 23, 2003. In
general, the new boundary eliminates all of the Town of Lisbon and the
portion of Waddington upstream from the Iroquois Dam from the St.
Lawrence-FDR project. In areas still within the project boundary,
provisions to return property to the local towns and to adjacent
property owners are also confirmed.
FERC also ruled that the Power Authority’s
environmental impact statement adequately addressed all the issues
raised by the stakeholders.