New York Governor announces $180m transmission line construction in Niagara and Erie, US

WCN Editorial Team 22 Mar 2021 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the commencement of construction on the $180m Empire State Line, in Niagara and Erie Counties in the US.

The upgrade project concerns the energy transmission line serving Western New York, which will be provided with a new 345-kilovolt transmission line 20 miles long into Erie and Niagara Counties.

Announced in Governor Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State address, the purpose of the project is to not only increase transmission capacity but also to help supply more renewable hydroelectric power across Western New York.

The project is developed by NextEra Energy Transmission New York, Inc., which guides the state of New York towards fulfilling its goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The goals include a 70% renewable energy generation by 2030, zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040, and economy-wide carbon neutrality.

NextEra Energy Transmission finances, develops, builds, operates, and maintains transmission assets across North America. Operating through subsidiaries, such as NEETNY, it integrates renewable energy and strengthens the electric grid.

Governor Cuomo said: “Building a clean, reliable transmission system for New York is a critically important part of combatting climate change and meeting our nation-leading clean energy goals. The Empire State Line is an integral part of a new energy superhighway being built to move clean energy across the state more efficiently — while also creating new jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers that will help to reinvigorate our local and state-wide economies.”

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said: “As we focus on our economic recovery, we must confront the effects of climate change that threaten our communities. The state-of-the-art Empire State Transmission Line is an example of New York’s commitment to boosting clean energy, creating jobs, reducing emissions and building a greener, more resilient future.”

The Empire State Line consists of the new 345-kV Dysinger Switchyard in Niagara County and the new East Stolle Switchyard in Erie County. The Line will run from the town of Royalton (Niagara County) through the towns of Alden, Newstead, Lancaster, and Elma (Erie County).

As a result of the project, transmission congestion will be eased in Western New York, permitting the integration of additional renewable energy into the State’s electric grid.

NEETNY president Richard Allen said: “We are thrilled to start construction on this important project, which plays a critical role in supporting the state's clean energy plans. NEETNY will continue to work with all interested stakeholders to make this project a reality.”

The Empire State Line is expected to be in service by June 2022.

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The upgrade project concerns the energy transmission line serving Western New York, which will be provided with a new 345-kilovolt transmission line 20 miles long into Erie and Niagara Counties. Credit: American Public Power Association/Unsplash.

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