Phillips-Hill to host meeting about proposed power line

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
  • A public information meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Kennard-Dale High School, 393 Main Street, Fawn Grove.

One York County lawmaker is stepping up to empower southeastern residents with public information regarding the proposed construction of a new overhead power line.

State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill is hosting a public information meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove. Submitted/photo

State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, is hosting a public information meeting with Tanya McCloskey, Pennsylvania's acting consumer advocate, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Kennard-Dale High School, 393 Main St., Fawn Grove. 

Transource Energy, which was hired by PJM Interconnection to build the $320 million "market efficiency" project known as the Independence Energy Connection, mailed affected landowners its final proposed route in October. 

Phillips-Hill said the plan has "drawn a lot of criticism from local residents."

Her goal, she said, is to "provide a forum for civil discussion on where the project stands, the role played in it by the Public Utility Commission and how the public can make their opinions known." 

“As a state representative, I am pleased that my office can act as a conduit of information for constituents concerned about this project,” Phillips-Hill said. “This is an opportunity for affected parties to interact with the applicable state agency to express their concerns, ask questions and gather information.” 

Transource Energy's final proposed map of a new above-ground power line. Submitted/photo

The east segment of the project includes approximately 16 miles of new overhead electric transmission line that will connect a new substation in Lower Chanceford Township to the existing Conastone Substation near Norrisville in Harford County, Maryland.

There also is a west segment in Franklin County, according to Transource Energy.

The first and second maps, presented to area residents this summer, were revised based on comments, concerns and questions. The final route, Transource spokeswoman Abby Foster said, has to be submitted to the Public Utility Commission for approval.  

Construction is expected to begin in 2019, with the line being operational by mid-2020, Transource Energy officials said. 

The new power line is considered a solution to alleviating an electricity "bottleneck," according to Transource Energy Director Todd Burns, who has explained there is more available electricity in the northern part of the project than in the southern part.

The new transmission line is anticipated to lower electricity costs for mid-Atlantic ratepayers, he has said.

Phillips-Hill, who represents the 93rd District and is running for state Senate in 2018, said citizens feel they have no voice in important issues, and it's the role of the Office of Consumer Advocate to represent Pennsylvania utility consumers' interest.