NORWICH – Some opponents of the www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI power line are hoping another changing-of-the-guard in Albany will help redirect policies – and attitudes – towards more progressive solutions to the state’s energy problems.
William Flynn, the chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission, announced his resignation on Monday, effective today. Since January 2003, Flynn held the top spot at the state agency charged with regulating energy and telecommunications, which includes authority over power line permitting and siting. According to an official with the PSC, a replacement has not yet been named.
“We hope that the new appointee, whoever he or she is, will look beyond the application,” said Paul Miller, a chairman for the power line opposition alliance known as “Communities Against Regional Interconnect,” referring to the New York Regional Interconnection project and the PSC’s Article VII power line review application. “They need to take a closer look at the actual energy policy and needs for the state. The NYRI power line is not the solution to the problem.”