We knew this would be a lengthy issue and this is why we must practice eternal vigilance on every issue!
The WV Public Service Commission has again granted a request to delay consideration of the PATH transmission line. The new schedule requires PATH to submit a complete application revision in March with hearings beginning Oct 10 and a deadline for a PSC decision of Feb 9, 2012. In Virginia, the State Corporations Commission denied PATH’s request for delays, and hearings are set to begin this spring.
The delays come because new data show much lower electricity consumption than originally predicted. In addition, recent and proposed upgrades to existing ines reduce the need for PATH.
A further blow to PATH came early this year when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors designated by US DOE failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. This means that PATH will not be able to seek approval from FERC if the PSC fails to approve the line within one year.