New York Government has announced construction of a $530m energy solution project in Hudson Valley to increase transmission capacity and maximise renewable energy usage.
Upgrade of energy transmission from Rensselaer County to Dutchess County with a new 345-kilovolt transmission line across 54.5 miles would be seen.
The project will help boost transmission capacity and deliver more renewable energy to areas with higher demand across the state.
This project will help New York 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.
“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.” said New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo.
Construction activities will begin at the Churchtown Switching Station in Claverack, Columbia County.
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.