Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has green lighted a $440 million, 78-mile modernization of New York’s north-south power transmission pipeline, connecting the state’s upstate renewable energy sources with high-energy demand metropolises downstate. The Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability project is expected to create 2,000 full-time jobs, invigorate local and regional economies and enable even more solar and wind project development across the state.
"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," Governor Cuomo said. "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."
The project, expected for completion in 2023, will modernize the Moses-Adirondack transmission artery, initially constructed in 1942. The Smart Path will transmit power from the New York Power Authority’s St. Lawrence hydroelectric plant in Massena, NY, to a southern substation in Croghan, NY. It will have the capability to transmit power from renewable energy projects at up to 345 kilovolts, compared to its current level of 230 kilovolts. The voltage can be increased as more solar and wind projects come online along the pipeline or to cost effectively supplement the grid with renewable sources during high demand periods in more populated parts of the state.
"Transmission projects will play a critical role in ensuring that New York's abundant wind and solar resources can deliver electricity to customers throughout the state," said Jackson Morris, director of Eastern Energy at Natural Resources Defense Council. "Connecting New Yorkers to electricity generated from pollution-free resources means cleaner air and healthier communities for all of us. This new project will be critical to helping to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil-fueled power plants, playing a key role in achieving Gov.r Cuomo's nation leading effort to deliver 50 percent of New York's electricity from renewables by 2030.”
The Smart Path is part of Cuomo’s New York Energy Highway Blueprint established in 2012. His plan laid out a template for the state to invest in grid modernization in order to increase renewable energy access to all state residents. Under Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision and NY-SUN initiatives, New York has committed to investing $1 billion to install over 3 gigawatts of solar throughout the state by 2022. New York currently has over a gigawatt of installed solar, with nearly 300 megawatts developed during 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Tweet