Energy Committee Update
October 8, 2014

Staff Contact: Darren Suarez

PSC to Consider Proposed Amendments to Gas Safety Regulations

The PSC has announced it will hold two stakeholder conferences in which the Commission is considering proposed amendments to the following sections of the Commission’s gas safety regulations; 16 NYCRR Part 255 – Safety, Subchapter C, Transmission and Distribution of Gas - to make the State regulations at least as stringent as 49 CFR Part 192 - Transportation Of Natural And Other Gas By Pipeline: Minimum Federal Safety Standards.

The downstate conference will be held on October 21, 2014 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the PSC’s offices at 90 Church Street, New York, New York. The upstate conference will be held on October 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York. Seating is limited. Building security requires that you notify the PSC at least two days before the conference if you plan on attending by contacting rosemary.hrepta@dps.ny.gov (518-474-1521) for the Albany location and jan.goorsky@dps.ny.gov (212-417-2378) for the New York City location.

Commission and FERC to Hold Joint Technical Conference

The Commission has announced it will hold a joint technical conference with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to address New York markets and infrastructure. The Commissioner-led technical conference will take place on November 5, 2014, from approximately 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The conference will be held at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway, which is located at 1871 Broadway, between 61st and 62nd Streets, New York, NY 10023.

WADE Annual Meeting & DistribuGen Conference and NYSERDA CHP Expo

The WADE Annual Meeting & DistribuGen Conference is scheduled for October 14 - 17, 2014 in Westchester, New York. The conference will showcase high-profile speakers and industry decision-makers who will explore, debate and discuss the game-changing forces underway for DG technologies and microgrids systems, and put these forces into context amid the backdrop of rapid innovation and new business models across the utility landscape, grid security vulnerabilities, energy efficiency goals and incentives; new DG financing mechanisms; federal emissions standards for criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases; the nation’s natural gas supply, rising electricity prices and other market drivers. http://distribugen.org/chp-expo.html

Business Council to Express Support at FERC Public Scoping Meeting - New Market Project

On October 8, 2014, 7:30 PM, FERC will hold a public scoping meeting on the Dominion New Market Project, at the Town of Georgetown Town Hall. Dominion has proposed the New Market Project to improve access to natural gas for customers in upstate New York by upgrading existing compressor facilities and constructing two compressor stations. Overall, the Project will add 33,023 horsepower (hp) of compression to Dominion’s interstate pipeline transmission system:

Northeast Energy Direct Project
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., has proposed the Northeast Energy Direct Project to upgrade its existing pipeline system in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. The Project is being developed to meet the increased demand in the Northeast United States for transportation capacity of natural gas.

Proposed Project Facilities*

*Proposed facilities are subject to change, and the final scope will be reflected in the certificate application to be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Business Council Expresses Continued Support for Constitution Pipeline

The Business Council’s has followed up on its March appeal to Governor Cuomo to support the Constitution Pipeline, and requested specific attention to the State’s role in the permitting process. The proposed Constitution Pipeline project is a 124-mile interstate natural gas pipeline that will run from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to the Iroquois and Tennessee Gas pipelines in Schoharie County, traversing parts of Broome, Delaware, Chenango and Schoharie counties. Connecting to the Tennessee Gas and Iroquois pipelines will greatly expand needed gas supply infrastructure serving the New York City metropolitan area as well as New England.