NYES Will Improve Energy Flow & Reliability With Minimal Community Impacts

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New York Energy Solution (NYES) was selected from among competing proposals by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) in April 2019 as the preferred plan to modernize and upgrade the energy transmission network from Schodack in Rensselaer County to Pleasant Valley in Dutchess County. Our project will undergo extensive review and evaluation by the New York State Public Service Commission under Article VII of the New York State Public Service Law.

NYES planned upgrades will take place on an existing 54-mile utility corridor and on utility-owned land, and will permanently eliminate approximately 260 transmission structures along the main project route, all while:

  • Alleviating energy bottlenecks;

  • Allowing for greater flow of clean energy from upstate generators;

  • Improving the reliability and resiliency of the transmission system.

Estimated Timeline

2019-2021:    Permitting

2021-2023:    Construction

End of 2023:  Project complete, improved transmission infrastructure in service.

Project Route

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Our work will stretch 54 miles through portions of Rensselaer, Columbia, and Dutchess counties, beginning in Schodack in the north and ending in Pleasant Valley in the south. Work will take place entirely in the existing transmission corridor and on utility-owned land in the towns of Schodack, Stuyvesant, Stockport, Ghent, Claverack, Livingston, Gallatin, Clermont, Milan, Clinton, and Pleasant Valley

Between Schodack and Claverack, we will:

  • Build a new 345 kV switching station on utility-owned land in Schodack;

  • Remove 80-year-old lattice transmission structures along 22 miles of the existing utility corridor;

  • Eliminate approximately 10 transmission structures along the main project route;

  • Install new, double circuit monopole transmission structures, with an average height increase of 10 feet, that will carry an existing 115 kV line and a new 345 kV line. One existing 115 kV transmission line will be permanently retired.

Between Claverack and Pleasant Valley, we will:

  • Rebuild existing switching station on utility-owned property in Claverack;

  • Remove 80-year-old lattice transmission structures, which sit in side-by-side pairs along 32 miles of the existing utility corridor;

  • Install a single row of new, double circuit monopole transmission structures, with an average height increase of 10 feet, to carry a new 345 kV line and one existing 115 kV line. Three existing 115 kV lines will be removed;

  • Eliminate approximately 250 transmission structures along the main project route;

  • Upgrade one existing section of the two-mile Blue Stores tap line in the Town of Livingston, replacing the existing H-frame structure with a new H-frame structure that is five feet higher. The existing 115 kV line will remain on the new structures.

NYES Benefits

  • Modernizes aging infrastructure.

  • Stays within the existing utility-owned corridor and on utility-owned land.

  • Streamlines the utility corridor with a new structure design, and permanently eliminates approximately 260 structures along the main project route.

  • Alleviates energy bottlenecks, allowing for the efficient flow of clean energy resources from Upstate New York in support of the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which calls for 70% of New York State’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

  • Improves the reliability and resiliency of the transmission system.

  • Generates additional annual tax revenue for host communities and provides jobs during the approximately two-year construction period.

Modernization Is Needed

Studies performed by the New York independent System Operator (NYISO) and the New York Transmission Owners in 2012 confirmed the need for transmission upgrades to relieve congestion in the grid, especially at times of peak power demand, and to help the state achieve greater facilitation of renewable sources. The NYISO, the organization responsible for managing New York’s electric grid and its competitive wholesale electric marketplace, in 2016 sought proposals from developers to address the needs identified by the PSC under the Public Policy Transmission Planning Process. New York Transco submitted a proposal that included significant stakeholder feedback and, in April 2019, NYISO selected NYES for the Hudson Valley segment of the transmission upgrades

NYES Offers Lowest Cost, Best Outcomes

NYISO determined NYES will have the lowest cost per megawatt generated, the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide generation, and, according to the executive summary of the NYISO decision, the “most resilient foundation and structure design, resulting in significant benefits to the operability of the transmission system during extreme weather event.”

NYES is Committed to Listening

NYES is committed to stakeholder engagement at each stage of the project’s process. In fact, our plan incorporates stakeholder feedback expressed during public meetings and in the public record from years past, and is an example of the team’s focus on local first. We will continue to work closely with community leaders, advocacy groups, regulatory agencies, and individual property owners and residents throughout permitting and construction phases.

Project Status

Since our selection, we have been reaching out to key stakeholders and route communities to brief them on our proposal and solicit feedback. 

The project must undergo a detailed review by the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) under Article VII of the New York State Public Service Law, which governs the siting of major utility transmission facilities in the state. We are currently preparing our PSC application.

Please note that the 2019 NYES application for the Article VII process will be filed under a new docket number. Visit the Article VII section for more details.