Construction begins on $854M power line upgrade

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ALBANY — Construction has begun on an $854 million project to upgrade energy transmission along a 93-mile 345-kilovolt line in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region.

The Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade Project is designed to increase transmission capacity and help deliver more renewable energy to higher demand areas across the state, according to the New York State Power Authority. The project will use existing electric transmission corridors and replace aging transmission towers with the latest technologies to increase energy efficiency. The work also includes construction of two new substations between NYPA’s central transmission hub in Marcy and New Scotland in Albany County.

The work is also part of the state’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and to meet a goal to deliver 40% of the benefits of clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities. The state says it will also help it reach its 2025 target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs and create hundreds of clean energy construction jobs.

“A clean and reliable transmission infrastructure is critical to combating climate change and achieving New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “The start of construction on this important project marks a major milestone in our efforts to construct a new energy superhighway to move energy 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.”

“NYPA is excited to bring its transmission expertise to bear on the rebuild of this critical transmission artery,” said NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones. “As we continue to generate more clean energy, we need a modern, flexible Green Energy Superhighway to deliver it where it needs to go.”

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