Spitzer Supports Continued Operation Of Cross-sound Cable

New York State Attorney General Spitzer today filed comments with the United States Secretary of Energy expressing support for the continued operation of the Cross-Sound electric power cable between Long Island and Connecticut.

The Cross-Sound cable is a 24-mile long bulk power transmission line that runs beneath Long Island Sound and terminates in New Haven, Connecticut and Brookhaven, New York. While the cable was completed over a year ago, at the time of the August 14 blackout, the Cross-Sound cable was not operating due to permitting objections from the State of Connecticut. Within hours of the August 2003 blackout, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham used his emergency authority to order the immediate activation of the Cross-Sound cable through August 31, 2003. Before that order expired, the Secretary of Energy further ordered that the cable continue to operate until he makes a formal determination that the current emergency has passed.

"The Cross-Sound cable provides important electric power transmission infrastructure between Connecticut and New York," Spitzer said. "As we saw during this summer’s multi-state blackout, each piece of the transmission grid is essential to the reliability of our electric power system. The continued operation of the Cross-Sound cable will provide additional electric power to Long Island, and additional stability to the entire Northeastern United States."

The Connecticut Attorney General petitioned for reconsideration of the Secretary of Energy’s order keeping the cable in operation, and reconsideration was granted by the Secretary of Energy, who sought "comments, information and analysis."

Pursuant to the Secretary’s request, Attorney General Spitzer offered his comments in support of the continued operation of the Cross-Sound cable. Spitzer argued that the Secretary of Energy has federal statutory authority to order the operation of the Cross-Sound cable to address the electric power emergency that faces New York and Connecticut in the wake of the August 2003 blackout.


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