New York begins construction of $530m energy solution project in Hudson Valley


The Government of New York State has announced construction of a $530m energy solution project in Hudson Valley to increase transmission capacity and maximise renewable energy usage.

 This project would see the upgrade of energy transmission from Rensselaer County to Dutchess County with a new 345-kilovolt transmission line across 54.5 miles. 

 The project is intended to boost transmission capacity and help deliver more renewable energy to areas with higher demand across the state.

 It is expected to stimulate the local and regional economies by creating construction jobs.

 This project, which is being developed by New York Transco, will help put New York on track to achieve its goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims for 70% renewable energy generation by 2030, economy-wide carbon neutrality, and a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040.

New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo said: "The development of a clean, reliable transmission system for New York is key to combatting climate change and achieving our nation-leading clean energy goals.

 "This project is an integral part of a new energy superhighway that's being built to move electricity 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." 

 After the receipt of state approvals, New York Transco began construction on the first phase of the New York Energy Solution electric transmission project.

 Construction activities will begin at the Churchtown Switching Station in Claverack, Columbia County. 

 The first phase of construction will feature installation of a temporary bypass electric line and rebuilding of the current Churchtown Switching Station.

The second phase will include all other aspects of the project. This phase was recently filed for regulatory review. 

 The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.


Image: The project is intended to boost transmission capacity. Credit: Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay


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