This Press Release is to announce the formation of a new Citizens group called the “Athens Citizens Development Committee”. This Committee is comprised of Town and Village residents of Athens, Greene County, who are concerned about the impact of the power line proposals which will directly affect Athens. These proposals are in response to the Governor’s Energy Highway Blueprint.
The mission of the Athens Citizens Development Committee is to maintain and protect the existing quality of life in Athens. To ensure that development occurs in a appropriate manner and is compatible with the small town identity of the community while contributing substantially to the economic base.
The Committee is concerned with the five proposals before the NYS Public Service Commission which would affect Athens. These proposals are from:
- West Point Partners, LLC
- North American Transmission
- NextEra Energy Transmission
- New York Transmission Owners
- Boundless Energy NE
The Committee recognizes that the Town and Village of Athens has filed for party status with the Public Service Commission for the above proposals. However, the most invasive proposal is from West Point Partners, LLC which would result in a buried DC line that would negatively impact the residential and historic district in the Village of Athens. The Committee asks that the Town and Village of Athens pass a resolution against the proposal by West Point Partners, LLC.
There remains a concern about the lack of information given to the public on the above projects. The Committee would like a concise and transparent model of all five proposals from the NYS Public Service Commission. Due to the amount of confusion with regard to the above projects, the Committee requests that the Public Service Commission holds a public meeting in Athens to explain in detail the cumulative impact of all of the above proposals.