New York State farm family wins a fight vs. big utility

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August 15, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A farm family unwilling to give up land it tilled for four generations took on a major power utility and New York state and won, at least for now.

The Krenzer family on Thursday persuaded the state Public Service Commission to send its April decision approving a new transmission line through their Monroe County farm back for reconsideration.

The regulators had approved a plan by the Rochester Gas & Electric Co. to build 21 miles of new transmission lines and upgrade three substations.

The Krenzers said that was the first time they learned of the breadth of the proposal.
So rather than allow the project to chew up part of its fields of soy, wheat and feed corn, they fought back.