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News Brief - Spring 2008:

New York State Petitions to Reverse Federal Electric Transmission Corridor Designation

Then-governor Eliot Spitzer announced on November 5, 2007 that the New York Public Service Commission and the Department of Environmental Conservation have filed petitions with the federal Department of Energy seeking a rehearing on the agency's decision to make a large swath of New York State part of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor. "In the petitions, New York contends that federal authorities disregarded key energy issues and failed to adequately assess potentially significant environmental impacts," according to Spitzer's press release on November 5. The purpose of the federal transmission corridor is to facilitate construction of transmission lines to improve the flow of electricity and prevent blackouts. The Department of Energy would have the power to approve electric transmission lines if states delay approval.

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