Article X was added to New York State's Public Service Law in response to the state's transition from a regulated electricity industry to a deregulated market. Article X's purpose is largely to expedite the power plant siting process, in the interest of getting increased power to market as quickly as possible to meet ever-increasing power demand. The vehicle for this process is the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, which was created under Article X. This Board is comprised of members of various State agencies and serves as a "one-stop" entity that reviews new power plant siting applications. This comment explains the Article X siting process and discusses applications that went through the Article X process as of September 2001. The comment also highlights some of the concerns the process raises in light of adverse environmental impacts and punctuates the importance of balancing the need for increased power with the need for prudent environmental actions.
Recommended CitationJohn A. Poakeart, Watt's Going On?: Illuminating New York's Electric Generation Siting Process, 19 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 135 (2001)
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