PUC hearing raises questions about power line project in York, Franklin counties
Regulators in Harrisburg this week raised questions about the need for a proposed new power line project in York and Franklin counties.
During a second prehearing conference before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Monday, July 9, a PPL Electric representative said the company’s existing infrastructure could accommodate the goal of moving more power from the northern U.S. to the south.
In response to a question, PPL counsel Amy Hirakis told administrative law judges Elizabeth Barnes and Andrew Calvelli “it’s feasible to use existing PPL right-of-way and facilities for the market efficiency project identified by the PJM Interconnection.”
Joe Nixon, PPL strategic communications manager, also confirmed “our existing transmission lines in the York County area has the capacity to carry additional circuits.”
“PPL proposed an alternative market efficiency project to address the issue identified by PJM, but ours was not the selected solution,” Nixon explained. “PJM awarded the project to Transource. We always look at the least impact to landowners in developing solutions.”