New York Commission approves 87 km transmission line
USA, New York: The New York State Public Service Commission recently approved the New York Energy Solution Project.
The project consists of an 87.7 km (54.5 mi), 345 kV transmission line valued at an estimated $530 M (extending from Rensselaer to Dutchess County) to speed the flow of clean, reliable energy to high-demand markets and consumers downstate.
The Public Service Commission also granted NextEra Energy Transmission New York, Inc., the necessary approvals to exercise municipal agreements to construct the Empire State Line — a 32 km (20 mi), 345 kV electric transmission line, located in Niagara and Erie counties and valued at an estimated $180 M — that will help relieve congestion and maximize the flow of renewable resources in Western New York. These approvals are the final set of major approvals required to commence construction on the 402 km (250 mi) of the green energy transmission superhighway this year, as announced in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo‘s 2021 State of the State address.
“New York is leading the nation in developing a green economy with key investments to enhance the reliability and resiliency of the state’s energy infrastructure,” Cuomo said.
The Commission also approved the environmental management and construction for construction of Segment II of the 149 km (93 mi) transmission project known as the Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade Project.
Additionally, the three transmission project actions for New York Energy Solution Project, Empire State Line, and the Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade Project are to be build off of the prior approval of the NYPA’s Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project — a vital 138 km (86 mi) stretch of New York’s North-South power transmission system and the fourth project within the 402 km (250 mi) of transmission projects in construction this year.
These new lines will also be complemented by the Northern New York Priority Transmission Project, a more than 160 km (100 mi) new transmission upgrade project at the top of the state that includes the rebuild of existing transmission lines and expansion of several substations, enabling existing wind and solar resources from the North Country region to be added to the grid and allowing for new renewable energy projects to be connected in the future.
Source: T&D World