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Public can review, comment on power line project

Posted 6/29/22

Work on the Smart Path Connect Transmission Project, being developed in partnership between the New York Power Authority and National Grid ...

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Public can review, comment on power line project

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Work on the Smart Path Connect Transmission Project, being developed in partnership between the New York Power Authority and National Grid — is beginning to take shape, with the rebuilding of approximately 100 miles of transmission lines and the replacement or upgrade of approximately 10 substations along the project path.

Later this week, National Grid is expected to file the first proposed environmental management and construction plan for the project, according to a legal notice on the project. Part I of the project will include the proposed transmission facilities and substations from the point the Adirondack-Porter proposed right-of-way along North Chase’s Lake Road in the town of Watson in Lewis County to Bethel Road in Steuben in Oneida County.

A second submittal, Part 2 of the project, is expected to be filed at a later date and will cover the remainder of the project, the notice added.

The project complements and expands upon both NYPA’s Smart Path which is currently under construction and is anticipated to be completed in 2023, and the Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade Project which NYPA is undertaking with LS Power Grid New York in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region.

The Smart Path project is designed, officials said, to enable the flow of an additional 1,000 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy across New York State, according to an announcement by the Power Authority.

Among the anticipated project benefits:

  • Increases power flow capacity;
  • Improves asset condition;
  • Increases transmission system resilience to severe weather events;
  • Creates longer spans between poles;
  • Uses fewer poles and less land;
  • Reduces transmission system congestion; and
  • Creates hundreds of local jobs during construction.

With the addition of the Smart Path Connect, these investments will establish a continuous 345 kilovolt transmission path that greatly expands the deliverability of renewable power from northern and western regions to high demand areas across the state, the NYPA announcement said.

The transmission work being undertaken by NYPA is also consistent with the Power Authority’s new VISION2030 Strategic Plan which is focused on helping New York meet its clean energy goal of having a zero-carbon emission energy system by 2040.

An electronic version of the environmental management and construction plan is available for public inspection online on the Commission’s Document and Matter Management page at: https://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?
MatterCaseNo=21-t-0340&CaseSearch=Search\

The environmental management and construction plan is also available for public inspection during normal business hours at the: Croghan Free Library, 9794 State Route; the Port Leyden Community Library, 3145 Canal St.; William H. Bush Memorial Library, 5605 Whitaker Road in Martinsburg; Erwin Library, 104 Schuyler St., Boonville; Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome; Dunham Public Library, 76 Main St., Whitesboro; Holland Patent Free Library, 9553 Main St.; and the Didymus Thomas Library, 9639 Main St., Remsen.

Any person may be heard by the Commission on any matter or objection regarding the
proposed plan by filing written comments within 30 days of the date the proposed
plan was filed with the commission or within 30 days of the date of the newspaper publication of this notice, whichever is later by referencing Case 21-T0340. Written comments can be sent to Hon. Michelle L. Phillips, secretary to the Commission
New York State Public Service Commission, Agency Building 3, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments can also be emailed to: secretary@dps.ny.gov.

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