Hearings in MD & East Virginia

AEP/Allegheny FirstEnergy’s little gambit last Friday didn’t work.  Thursday’s MD PSC hearing on their original request for a delay is going ahead as planned.  You can watch the hearing on line here.  StopPATH WV offers the following instructions once you get to the PSC site: “…look for the picture of the camera on the left hand side of the page that says “Watch PSC Proceedings”.  Click on it and it will take you into a live view of the hearing in progress.  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last until 1:00 p.m.”  This is a hearing to consider all open motions, so you will also get to see intervenors speaking in support of their motions to dismiss the PATH application in MD.

The East Virginia SCC has opened a new case, number PUE-2011-0003, on Dominion’s Mt. Storm to Doubs rebuild.  This is the last approval that Dominion needs before starting the project.  The SCC has scheduled two public hearings in the case.  The first hearing is in Winchester on April 5 and the other one is in Purcellville on April 6.  For more information go to the SCC case docket here.

You don’t have to live in East Virginia to speak at these public hearings.  If you are a WV or MD resident, and you think Dominion’s Alternative One is far superior to the failing PATH project, why not attend one of these hearings?  You can tell the SCC hearing examiner that you think the Mt. Storm to Doubs rebuild is a great idea and that the SCC should drop PATH and push PJM Interconnection to complete the other half of Alternative One, rebuilding Allegheny FirstEnergy’s Pruntytown to Mt. Storm line.

Alternative One is a no-brainer:  less than 1/3 the cost of PATH, requires no new land seizures and can be completed much more quickly with more local labor.