Archive for October, 2013

The Fight Continues …

Monday, October 28th, 2013

10/27/2013 – PATH continues to try to work to recover their 121+million in costs for their now abandoned project. This year C.A.K.E.S members have kept up with the FERC hearings on the subject by intervening in the process and staying informed as to the distribution of the former Browning Farm.  And the goal of our intervening is to make sure the Kemptown property does not go to another utility, as you can see by our work with Frederick County Zoning in changing the Text Amendment (September 2012).
We are looking for alternatives for uses of the 152 acres and welcome your suggestions.

Fighting PATH increases for ratepayers

Monday, October 28th, 2013

10/23/2012 – ‘PATH already passed $95 million in expenses to 61+ million ratepayers in PJM’s territory (all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia) due to the abandonment.  Of that, $5.7 million is under legal challenge.  PATH companies have also filed with FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to recover another $121.7 million: $67 million for siting and rights of way; $40 million for engineering and design; $8.7 million for filings in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia; and $6 million for administrative functions.  Thirty parties have filed to intervene in that case, including, on Oct. 19, the “joint consumer advocates,” or JCA, of the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and individual pro se interveners from West Virginia and Maryland.  Click here for the full story.

Zoning Ammendment Passed!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

9/20/2012 – It’s official! Zoning Text Amendment #ZT-12-14 – passed unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners. An electric substation of 500kV or more must be in a LI or GI (industrial) zone, not AG!! Also, the Board of Appeals may take into consideration homes within 1000 feet of a special exception.  Click here for the full story.

Comments on the cancellation of PATH

Monday, October 28th, 2013

9/6/2012 – After five years of opposition and $130 million being spent on the project that electric customers, will still have to cover, it was decided that the controversial Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, was not needed to ensure the reliability of the area’s power supply in the years to come.  Click here for the full story.

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