New York has unveiled a $440m modernisation plan to rebuild nearly 78 miles of an existing power transmission line in the northern part of the state.
Known as the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability project, the new line will further boost the reliability of the New York State electric power grid while helping the state to meet its Clean Energy Standard goal of 50% in non-polluting electricity by 2030. It will also help more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system across the state.
Construction on the project is likely to commence in 2019 and is estimated to take four years to complete. The project will create about 2,000 full-time jobs during development and construction.
Once completed, the transmission line will run north to south through St. Lawrence and Lewis counties and will be able to carry supply from the New York Power Authority's St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric plant as well as zero-emissions power from newly built wind farms and solar projects in the state to high-energy demand areas.
New York governor Andrew Mark Cuomo said: “This critical upgrade will help strengthen our clean energy economy in every corner of the state, and help New York reach its nation-leading clean energy standard.
“By investing in the long-term sustainability of our state's energy infrastructure today, we are helping to ensure New Yorkers will have access to a cleaner, greener future for years to come."
When the modernisation of the Moses-Adirondack transmission artery is finished in the early 2020s, the line will be capable of transmitting up to 345kV, but will be operated in the near term at its current level of 230kV.