Legislative Memo

Ken Pokalsky
Vice President of Government Affairs
T 518.465.7517 x205


S.2813 (Aubertine)/A.6694-A (Russell)



Creation of the North Country Power Authority



June 24, 2009


The Business Council opposes this legislation that would create a “North Country Power Authority,” which would either purchase or take by eminent domain National Grid's existing electric power transmission and distribution infrastructure located within certain Franklin and St. Lawrence county townships.

The legislative intent is to provide lower cost, and more reliable, electric power to business and residents within the new “service territory” of this Authority.  The Business Council questions whether these goals could be achieved by this legislation. 

Among our concerns:

Finally, while we share the sponsor's concerns about the anti-competitive impact of the state's high electric power cost, we oppose this legislation because it does nothing to address the root causes of those costs – the need for new generation and transmission infrastructure; inflexible environmental regulations; ever-increasing state-imposed taxes, fees and assessments; and sky-high local real property taxes.

In summary, The Business Council questions whether this legislation would serve the interests of affected North Country commercial and business ratepayers.  For these reasons, The Business Council opposes adoption of S.2813 (Aubertine)/A.6694-A (Russell).