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New York Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-NY)

In New York, a hydropower developer may need to file an Interconnection Request with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to connect a new generating facility, or merchant transmission facility to the New York State (NYS) Transmission System. A developer may also need to obtain a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) from the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) for the construction of transmission lines. Additionally, a developer may need to file a Large Facility Interconnection Request (LFIR) with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and obtain approval to connect a new large generating facility with a capacity of more than twenty (20) MW, or a merchant transmission facility to the New York State (NYS) Transmission System. Finally, a developer may need to submit a Small Generator Interconnection Request (SGIR) to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to connect a new small generating facility of (20) MW or less to the NYS Transmission System or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Jurisdictional Distribution System, or increase the capacity of, or make a material modification to the operating characteristics of, an existing small generating facility.

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Public Utility Certificate: Any person intending to construct a major utility transmission facility may need a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need. N.Y. Pub. Serv. Law §121(1), Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need.
Certificate Agency: New York Public Service Commission.
Certificate Threshold: To construct a "major utility transmission facility" including electric transmission lines with a capacity of 125 kV or more and at least one mile long and/or a transmission line with a capacity of greater than 100 kV, but less than 125 kV and at least ten miles long, including associated equipment. N.Y. Pub. Serv. Law §120(2), Siting of Major Transmission Facilities.
Regulated Entity Definition: A "person" means any individual, corporation, public benefit corporation, political subdivision, governmental agency, municipality, partnership, co-operative association, trust or estate intending to construct of a major utility transmission facility. N.Y. Pub. Serv. Law §120(2), Siting of Major Transmission Facilities.
Interconnection Request: Interconnection customers may need approval from the New York Independent System Operator to connect a generating facility, or merchant transmission facility to the New York State Transmission System. NYISO Transmission Expansion and Interconnection Manual.
Interconnection Request Agency: New York Independent System Operator