Public Involvement

Permitting and approval for the 20-mile, 345 kV Empire State Line are overseen by the New York State Public Service Commission’s Article VII process. The project will start in Royalton, N.Y., and terminate in Elma, N.Y.

Article VII of the New York Public Service Law sets forth a review process for the consideration of any application to construct and operate a major utility transmission facility. The law defines major utility transmission facilities according to technical criteria including capacity and above-ground length.

Enacted by the New York State Legislature in 1970, Article VII establishes a single forum for reviewing the need for, and environmental impact of, certain major electric and gas transmission facilities. The law requires an applicant to apply for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need and meet the Article VII requirements before constructing any such facility.

Additional information on Article VII can be found here:

Article VII Documentation

On August 10, 2018, NEETNY filed an Article VII License application for the Empire State Line. The application is posted on the New York State Department of Public Service website at Application of NEETNY for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need Pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law for the Empire State Line.

Physical copies of the Article VII application are available at the following local repositories:

  • Clarence Public Library
  • Eden Library
  • Elma Public Library
  • Lancaster Public Library
  • Marilla Free Library
  • Newstead Public Library
  • Royalton-Hartland Community Library

The Public Involvement Plan can be found here.

Open House

Empire State Line Open House
Newstead Cultural Center
33 Main Street
Akron, NY

October 1, 2018
11-1 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.