FERC Hearing Update

Sept 14, 2015 – FERC hearings regarding PATH rates – the hearing judge issued a ruling, which is currently being challenged, see FERC website for details

The Fight Continues …

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

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!

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

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.

The PATH to Victory

Here are some more articles that highlight how the end of the PATH project came to be:

http://www.gazette.net/article/20120906/OPINION/709069926/0/gazette&template=gazette
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=140376

WE WIN!!!! Path is dead!

It’s official…PATH is dead.  The PJM Board during a phone conference on Friday, August 24th, decided to remove the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) and Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) lines from PJM’s regional transmission plans, based on the PJM staff’s recommendations.  This represents the culmination of months and months of effort on the part many people throughout the community.   Please see the attached letter from Dick Ishler, former President of C.A.K.E.S. as well as the urls below for further information.  Thanks to everyone who helped with their time and their resources to get us to this great victory!

http://www.statejournal.com/story/19399118/path-affirmed-dead

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=139947

PATH Project likely to be CANCELLED!!

PJM staff will be recommending to the PJM Board at their Friday, August 24th, 2012 meeting to cancel the PATH project.  Further studies have confirmed, as suspected, that the project is no longer needed.  Click here for the presentation put together by the PJM Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee.  The links below also provide more information.  We are close to our goal!

http://www.statejournal.com/story/19228447/path-likely-canceled-cost-225-million

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=139241#.UCT7MXC8r8s

Judge Dwyer affirms Board of Appeals Decision!

Judge Dwyer, of the Circuit Court of Frederick County has rendered his decision on the Appeal by Potomac Edison against the Board of Appeals decision to deny the special exception for the proposed Kemptown Substation.  Judge Dwyer determined that the decision of the Frederick County Board of Appeals is AFFIRMED!  Click here to read the article in today’s Frederick News Post.

Doc No./Seq No.: 21/0
File Date: 02/22/2012 Close Date:02/22/2012 Decision:
Document Name: Opinion and Order of the Court
C/O filed that the decision of the Frederick County Board of Appeals is hereby AFFIRMED.

However, Potomac Edison has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis.  Stay tuned!  The Judge’s order of the Court should be forthcoming in the near future.

Potomac Edison Response issued

On October 11, 2011, Potomac Edison issued a reply to the responses submitted by C.A.K.E.S., The Sugarloaf Conservancy, and Attorney Michael Chomel in support of their petition to for the Judicial Review of December 20 2010 findings and decisions of the Board of Appeals for Frederick County.  Click here to see the response.

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