LS Power Grid New York will be hosting five open house events to share information on various aspects of the Marcy to New Scotland Electric Transmission Upgrade Project. The project will enhance grid reliability and enable more clean power to flow efficiently across New York State by upgrading aging infrastructure in existing electric utility corridors.
The informational open houses will have a series of project detail stations, staffed by experts ready to listen to residents’ ideas and answer any questions. The events will take place as follows:
- Monday, June 17
- 4:30-7:30 m. at the Montgomery County Annex Building, 20 Park St., Room 214, Fonda, NY 12068
- Tuesday, June 18
- 4:30-6:30 m. at the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center, 50 Riverside Dr., Utica, NY 13502
- 7-9 m. at Herkimer College, 100 Reservoir Road, Robert McLaughlin College Center, Room 282, Herkimer, NY 13350
- Thursday, June 20
- 5-7 m. at Duanesburg Town Hall, 5853 Western Turnpike, Duanesburg, NY 12056
- 7-9 m. at Guilderland Town Hall, 5209 Western Turnpike, Guilderland, NY 12084
These meetings will be an open format in which attendees are welcome to arrive whenever is most convenient and make their way through the information stations at their own pace.
In April 2019, LS Power and its partner, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), were selected for this project by the state’s grid operator, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). This marked the last step in a five-year process that included substantial public and stakeholder involvement. The process was designed to identify the most efficient and cost-effective electric transmission upgrades to reduce congestion, improve reliability, and provide better access to renewable resources around New York State.
“LS Power believes an open conversation with the local communities in which the project is located is the best way to help our project get off to the right start,” said Paul Thessen, President of LS Power. “Our team looks forward to meeting with residents to share the important benefits this project has for the state and their own communities.”
The project includes two new substations and upgrades within nearly 100 miles of existing electric transmission corridors between the existing Edic substation in Marcy, Oneida County and an existing substation in New Scotland, Albany County. For much of its length, the project will replace existing structures – some nearly 60 years old – with modern technology, greatly reducing project footprints within the current right of way while allowing more electricity to flow more efficiently.
This is one of a series of opportunities for public input. The process includes LS Power submitting an Article VII application to the New York Public Service Commission late this summer for full review and authorization by the Commission. Ultimately, construction is targeted to begin in late 2020 or early 2021, and the upgrades are planned to be placed in service as part of the New York electrical system by the end of 2023. (printable version)
About LS Power:
Founded in 1990, LS Power is a development, investment and operating company focused on power generation, electric transmission, energy infrastructure and related investments. LS Power is employee owned, with offices in New York, New Jersey, Missouri, California, and Texas. Since its inception, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed and acquired more than 41,000 MW of competitive power generation and over 560 miles of transmission infrastructure, for which it has raised over $40 billion in debt and equity financing.