New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of construction of the $854m major transmission project in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region.

The Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade Project is to upgrade the 93-mile 345kv energy transmission line.

The project, which is managed jointly by LS Power Grid New York and the New York Power Authority, is part of $2bn in transmission investments to accelerate integration of renewable energy resources.

It is designed to increase the transmission capacity and help provide more renewable energy to higher demand areas in New York.

The work on the project involves upgrade of 93 miles of transmission lines along with the construction of two new substations between NYPA’s central transmission hub in Marcy, Oneida County and New Sc,otland Albany County.

It helps the state to meet its goals, which includes a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040, to achieve 70% renewable energy generation by 2030, and economy-wide carbon neutrality.

Furthermore, the transmission project will use current electric transmission corridors and will replace the aging and outdated transmission towers with the latest technologies to maximise energy efficiency.

Governor Cuomo said: “A clean and reliable transmission infrastructure is critical to combating climate change and achieving New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals.

“The start of construction on this important project marks a major milestone in our efforts to construct a new energy superhighway to move energy across the state more efficiently, while also creating new jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers that will help to reinvigorate our local and statewide economies.”


The $854m Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade Project helps to increase transmission capacity in New York. (Credit: pasja1000 from Pixabay.)