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Public weighs in on bigger transmission line

GlobalFoundries is expected to have a minimum peak load of 40 MVA by the summer of 2012, which accounts for more than half of the expected minimum load increase of 71 MVA that summer, according to National Grid.

Edward Kritz, Clifton Park resident, said the application process seems a little "after-the-fact" since now GlobalFoundries is there and residents have no choice but to accept the project.

Many residents within Schenectady County might not be directly affected by National Grid's new transmission line plan, but the potential visual impact led Gina Wierzbowski, Glenville town board member, and Christopher Koetzle, Glenville town board supervisor, to call for a public project to benefit residents.

"We value open spaces, and we do have some policies in place to try to preserve them," said Wierzbowski. "Obviously, the addition of another tower will have a visual impact."

Koetzle also said the meeting location wasn't easy to find and there wasn't adequate notification given to residents about the meeting. The main entrance to the event was through a side door of the auditorium.

"There was some confusion in the parking lot and people appeared to want to leave and go to the middle school," said Koetzle. "We found an open door with a metal chair propping it open and we passed it by because it didn't look inviting."

Koetzle invited National Grid to attend a Glenville Town Board meeting to present the information shown at the information session held that night.

"I do not believe that this served the purpose and was adequate enough for the residents," said Koetzle.""

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