New York Transco is currently developing the New York Energy Solution (NYES), an upstate to downstate electric transmission upgrade project.
The New York Energy Solution (NYES) will replace and upgrade transmission facilities to relieve congestion on New York’s bulk electric power system, while enhancing reliability and facilitating clean energy resources in the upstate region to downstate demand centers.
NYES will retire, replace and upgrade aging electric infrastructure staying within existing utility rights-of-way and on utility-owned property. Core components of the project include – a new approx. 55-mile 345 kV electric transmission line from Schodack, NY to Pleasant Valley, NY, a new switching station in Schodack, a rebuilt switching station in Claverack, a new capacitor bank station in Pleasant Valley, and ancillary transmission upgrade work in Rensselaer, Dutchess and Columbia Counties.
- Update Aging Infrastructure. The new monopole transmission structures will replace assets over 80 years old, with a 10 foot average increase and a more streamlined use of the existing rights-of-way.
- Less infrastructure in the transmission corridor. In total, the project will reduce the total number of transmission structures by approx. 230. The bulk of the reduction will be in Dutchess County.
- Improve Resiliency. The increased transfer capability will improve grid resilience grid during stressed system conditions and disruptive events. Additionally, the engineering exceeds minimum standards to withstand storm events.
- Help with Generator Retirements. The energy landscape in NY is changing and some generators are scheduled for retirement. This project will offer operating flexibility to better manage this.
- Have Minimal Impact. The project optimizes the use of existing transmission corridors and facilities and does not cross the Hudson River.
- Facilitate clean energy resources. The project will help meet key environment and energy goals by moving more renewable resources more efficiently to customers.
- Increase job opportunities and tax revenues. The project will generate both direct and indirect jobs during construction, operations and maintenance to stimulate positive economic activity. Additionally, the project’s new assets will increase tax revenues paid to each of the municipalities that host the infrastructure, thereby boosting budgets.
On April 8, 2019, NYES was selected by the New York ISO through its Public Policy Transmission Planning Process as the more efficient or cost-effective solution to address identified AC transmission needs.
New York Transco is committed to stakeholder engagement and continues to conduct outreach to state, local and federal leaders, along with abutting landowners and residents, and interest groups.
New York Transco’s Article VII application (Case Number 19-T-0684) for the New York Energy Solution was granted a CECPN by the Public Service Commission on February 11, 2021. The Commission also granted approval of the first phase of construction.
On March 3, 2021, construction commencement was announced for the first phase of project work. Click HERE to access the press release.
On April 15, 2021, the Commission granted approval of the second phase northern section of project work. Click HERE to read the Order.
On April 28, 2021, construction commenced on the second phase of project work in the northern section. Click HERE to read the construction notice.
On May 6, 2021, New York Transco, Senator Daphne Jordan and IBEW’s Mark Lawerence launched the northern portion of NYES with a ceremonial event. Click HERE to access the event video, press release and photographs.
On June 22, 2022, New York Transco announced hitting two major construction milestones – energization of the rebuilt Churchtown Station and a new 22-mile transmission line segment. Click HERE to read the press release.
2019 – Begin Outreach & kick off Permitting
2019-2021 – Permitting
2021-2023 – Construction
End of 2023 – Energized & In-Service