Transource granted permission to operate as utility in midstate

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Jan 3, 2018 6:00 AM

FILE PHOTO: About 40 people lined up in front of farm equipment at Sunny Acres Farm on Fetterhoff Chapel Road, Mont Alto, to protest the proposed Transource power transmission line on Saturday, Oct. 14. (Photo: Amber South, Public Opinion)

(Harrisburg) -- State regulators are allowing a new company to operate as a utility in the midstate.

Transource Pennsylvania plans to build two electric transmission lines in Franklin and York counties, despite some community opposition.

The Public Utility Commission granted a certificate of public convenience to Transource, but that doesn't mean it has the green light to move forward with the planned power line projects.

The certificate does give the company the right to apply  for permits.

PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said Transource filed applications for the projects last week.

"The filing of those applications now triggers a very extensive PUC review and input process regarding the details of those specific projects," he said. 

The review process can take a year or more.

Some property owners in York and Franklin counties are concerned the proposed lines will cause home values to decline and carry environmental risks.

The "Independence Project" would build 45 miles of transmission line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and construct two substations in the midstate.

The goal is to alleviate congestion in the region's power grid.

It's expected to save customers 600 million dollars over 15 years.

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