New York AC Transmission Upgrades2020-01-27T11:50:35-05:00

Upgrades to Solve New York State’s Energy Bottleneck

Marcy to New Scotland Upgrade Project

Notice of Informational Forums
and Public Hearing Statements

As part of the Public Service Commission’s Article VII permitting process, an informational forum followed by a public statement hearing will be held in each of the five Project counties on March 3-5.  The project team will be available during the informational forum to share information and answer any questions.  After the first hour, the public statement hearing will begin and attendees may provide statements to be incorporated into the Project’s Article VII permitting record.  More information about the events can be found at the New York State Department of Public Service’s website here.  The Project’s Article VII application in Case 19-T-0549 is available here.

Date: March 3, 2020
Location:
North Utica Senior Center
50 Riverside Drive
Utica, New York 13502
Time:
Information Forum – 2:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing – 3:00 p.m.
Date: March 4, 2020
Location:
Montgomery County Annex Building
20 Park Street
Fonda, New York 12068
Time:
Informational Forum – 1:30 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing – 2:30 p.m.
Date: March 5, 2020
Location:
Duanesburg Town Hall
5853 Western Turnpike
Duanesburg, New York 12056
Time:
Informational Forum – 2:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing – 3:00 p.m.
     
Date: March 3, 2020
Location:
Herkimer County Community College
Robert McLaughlin College Center Room 288
100 Reservoir Road
Herkimer, New York 13350
Time:
Informational Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing – 7:00 p.m.
  Date: March 5, 2020
Location:
Guilderland Town Hall
5209 Western Turnpike
Guilderland, New York 12084
Time:
Informational Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing – 7:00 p.m.
     
     

AC Transmission Upgrades:
Reducing Congestion & Supporting Renewables

In 2012, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) initiated a proceeding and invited developers to submit initial project ideas to achieve objectives defined within the New York Highway Energy Blueprint.

The PSC paused the process in 2014 to conduct a needs assessment of congestion in the Mohawk Valley and Hudson Valley in response to requests to reexamine the issues and need for transmission upgrades. After confirming the upgrades were required, the New York Independent System Operators (NYISO) issued a request in 2016 for proposals to address the underlying need.

In April 2019, NYISO selected a joint proposal by LS Power Grid New York (LS Power) (formerly known as North America Transmission, LLC) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to upgrade the transmission system within existing utility rights-of-way. NYISO’s selection is the final step in a series of processes lasting more than five years, with substantial public and stakeholder involvement, to identify the most efficient and cost effective transmission upgrades to reduce congestion, improve reliability, and provide better access to renewable resources around New York State by strengthening the transmission system.

LS Power will continue engaging local communities and other stakeholders, conducting environmental reviews, and advancing design engineering in support of the PSC’s Article VII permitting process. Construction activities will not begin until after approval of detailed construction plans is granted by the PSC, anticipated in mid-2020. The target in-service date for the facilities is in December 2023.

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New York Energy Highway Blueprint

New York State is fortunate to have significant power generation capabilities. However, the state’s transmission lines don’t have the capacity to convey enough energy from where it is produced to where it is most needed.

These bottlenecks cause inconsistent service and present barriers to potential development projects – stunting local economic growth. Transmission bottlenecks on the electric grid currently cost ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually in higher electricity bills.

New York State’s public policy objective is to reduce these bottlenecks through transmission upgrades that increase the amount of power that can flow across the state, and improve the overall efficiency of the electric grid.

Investments in the transmission system can:

  • Lower electricity costs for ratepayers

  • Help retain jobs in upstate power plants

  • Encourage renewable energy projects

  • Create construction jobs

  • Improve grid reliability by replacing aging infrastructure