Public hearings scheduled for power line rebuild

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MARCY — The New York Power Authority invites area residents to attend a pair of virtual public meetings on the Northern New York Priority Transmission Project’s Southern Alignment, which runs from Croghan to Marcy, on Thursday, April 8 at 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 13, at 6 p.m.

The effort is a joint project of the New York Power Authority and National Grid to rebuild transmission lines in the North Country (between Massena and Clinton) and the Mohawk Valley (between Croghan and Marcy).

The meetings will include a 30-minute presentation followed by question and answers. The link to attend the virtual meetings can be found at the NYPA website — nypa.gov/NNYPTP.

The project is a major transmission line rebuild, officials say, that will harden the resiliency of New York’s power grid and accelerate movement toward meeting the state’s clean energy goals.

The board’s recent authorization of the project paves the way for engineering and planning work to begin in preparation for the project’s environmental review and approval process through the state Public Service Commission. The project is expected to stimulate local and regional economies by creating and supporting hundreds of clean energy construction jobs, officials said in a statement.

“The Power Authority is committed to leading the charge to deliver on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal to build a carbon-free energy system by 2040 and we are pleased to step forward on this project with National Grid,” said NYPA Board of Trustees Vice Chair and North Country resident Eugene L. Nicandri.

“The Northern New York Priority Transmission Project will prepare us for the energy challenges we face in the future,” Nicandri said. “Building this new line will help the North Country rebound from pandemic-related job losses and deliver against a key priority in NYPA’s VISION 2030 strategic plan to rapidly develop transmission circuit-miles to help build a statewide green energy superhighway.”

The project that includes rebuilding approximately 45 miles of transmission eastward from Massena to the Town of Clinton, known as the Northern Alignment and rebuilding approximately 55 miles of transmission southward from Croghan to Marcy, known as the Southern Alignment as well as rebuilding and expanding several substations along the impacted transmission corridor.

In selecting National Grid as a co-participant on the project, NYPA cited among other things, National Grid’s extensive experience planning, developing, constructing, managing and operating transmission projects similar in type and scale to the NNYPTP as well as ownership and familiarity of property and transmission facilities that can be used to support the expeditious development of the project.

“We are pleased to select National Grid as our co-participant as we move forward with the Northern New York Priority Transmission Project, which will help clear the way for more renewable energy to meet the needs of New Yorkers across the state,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The Power Authority is pleased to lead the development of this major infrastructure project that will benefit New Yorkers for years to come and also harden our electric system against adverse weather events.”

NYPA owns and operates approximately one third of New York’s high voltage power lines. These lines transmit power from NYPA’s three large hydroelectric generation facilities and independent wind power generation facilities, connecting nearly 7,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the state’s power grid. This includes connecting more than 6,300 megawatts of hydroelectric power and about 700 megawatts of New York-generated wind energy to the grid. NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines and 16 generating facilities.

“National Grid is pleased to have been selected to develop and build this important transmission link, which will help enable the integration of clean, renewable energy into the New York grid,” said Rudolph Wynter, incoming president of National Grid New York.

“NYPA was seeking a partner in this priority transmission project that could bring tangible benefits to the project and quickly get it developed and built. We’re looking forward to supporting New York’s transition to a clean energy future.” 

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