Carlos A. GavilondoSenior Counsel II
February 15, 2013
Via Electronic Filing
Hon. Jeffrey Cohen, Acting SecretaryState of New York Public Service CommissionOffice of the SecretaryThree Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12223-1350
Re: Case 12-E-0577 – Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to ExamineRepowering Alternatives to Utility Transmission Reinforcements – Estimated Cost of Transmission Upgrades
Dear Acting Secretary Cohen:Pursuant to the Commission’s January 18, 2013
Order Instituting Proceeding and Requiring Evaluation of Generation Repowering
January 18 Order
”) in this case, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid” or the“Company”) hereby submits information relating to estimated costs of anticipatedtransmission system upgrades to address long-term reliability needs resulting fromretirement of the Dunkirk Power LLC generating facility (“Dunkirk”) located in Dunkirk, New York.In the
January 18 Order
, the Commission noted that the Company wasimplementing transmission reinforcements to reduce reliance on Reliability SupportServices (“RSS”) arrangements for some or all of the generation in the intermediate-term(one - four years), and directed National Grid to submit information on the anticipatedcosts of transmission reinforcements to address the entire long-term impact of theDunkirk mothballing that could take four or more years to complete.
at 2. TheCompany has identified the following five transmission reinforcement projects to addressthe long-term reliability concerns from the shutdown of Dunkirk:
Addition of two 33.3 MVAr capacitor banks on the two Dunkirk 115kV bus sections($2.5 million).
Addition of a second 75 MVAr capacitor bank at the Huntley 115kV switchyard ($1.4million).
Reconductoring of the two 115kV lines between Five Mile Road and Homer Hill, eachapproximately 7.4 miles in length ($18.0 million).
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