PSC Advances Major Transmission Line Projects; Approves $1.4B in Financing for Propel New York
NEW YORK—The New York State Public Service Commission made three major decisions on Nov. 16 regarding transmission projects being developed by New York Transco (NY Transco), a major transmission line developer in New York State.
“New York continues to make significant upgrades and additions to the state’s existing transmission systems to integrate new large-scale renewable energy projects into the state’s energy supply,” said Commission Chair Rory M. Christian. “These projects will help ensure that New York meets its clean energy requirements as called for by the Climate Act.”
The commission authorized New York Transco to transfer certain interconnection facilities to Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) for the timely interconnection and operation of the Rock Tavern to Sugarloaf project, which will increase transmission capacity to move power from upstate to downstate New York. The commission noted that the construction of the Rock Tavern to Sugarloaf project, which connects to the New York Energy Solution Project, will serve a public need because it will address the contingency resulting from increasing the transmission capacity across the Central East and Upstate New York/Southeast New York interfaces. O&R, as a regulated utility with significant experience in owning and operating the relevant infrastructure, will be a capable operator of the transferred facilities. O&R will be directly integrating the interconnection facilities into O&R’s transmission system for the benefit of its own ratepayers. In addition, the transfer of the interconnection facilities from NY Transco to O&R will not adversely impact O&R ratepayers or the reliability, safety, operation, or maintenance of O&R’s distribution system.
In a second decision, the commission authorized New York Transco to transfer certain interconnection facilities to Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison), for the timely interconnection and operation of the New York Energy Solution Project. Con Edison, as a regulated utility with significant experience in owning and operating the relevant infrastructure, will be a capable operator of the transferred facilities. Con Edison will be directly integrating the interconnection facilities into Con Edison’s transmission system for the benefit of its own ratepayers. In addition, the transfer of the interconnection facilities from NY Transco to Con Edison will not adversely impact Con Edison’s ratepayers or the reliability, safety, operation, or maintenance of Con Edison’s distribution system.
In the third decision, the commission approved $1.4 billion in financing for NY Transco’s Propel NY Energy transmission project. Propel NY Energy is a proposed electric transmission solution—constructing new and upgraded underground and submarine transmission lines and stations—developed by the New York Power Authority and NY Transco to bolster the electric transmission network on Long Island, in parts of New York City and in Westchester County for reliability, resiliency, and the delivery of clean offshore wind energy to homes and businesses throughout New York State. The project was recently selected by the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. to meet the Long Island Offshore Wind Public Policy Transmission Need identified by the commission.
$4.1 Million Route 35/202 Paving Project Begins
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY— New York State Assemblyman Matt Slater and Sen. Pete Harckham announced on Nov. 14 the start of the $4.1 million resurfacing and paving project on Route 35/202 in the Town of Yorktown in Westchester County.
The project, which stretches about three miles from the Taconic State Parkway to the Route 118 intersection on the commercial center of Yorktown Heights, is part of a major $100-million road repair effort at 64 different locations totaling almost 520 lane miles statewide to renew well-trafficked roads impacted by extreme weather.
“Ensuring the Route 202 corridor in Yorktown is kept at a high quality is critical for the Town of Yorktown. I appreciate the collective work with our partners in government to make this important investment happen,” said Assemblyman Slater.
“The commencement of the Route 35/202 repaving project is truly great news because the current disrepair of this section of roadway is unacceptable,” said Sen. Harckham. “Making these necessary improvements on this important area thoroughfare will benefit local residents and small businesses, as well as those traveling through the region. Ensuring the safety of motorists on our roads needs to remain a priority when it comes to infrastructure investments, and I will continue to fight for funding to help improve the condition of our roadways.”
NYSDOT announced earlier this summer that Morano Brothers Corp. of Croton-on- Hudson, NY was the lowest of four bidders at $4,126,151. for highway resurfacing on Routes 35/202 from Taconic State Parkway to Rt. 118 in the Town of Yorktown in Westchester.
Earlier this year, Mr. Slater and Mr. Harckham sent a joint letter to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) voicing concern about area roadways, and both legislative offices have fielded an inordinate number of complaints regarding problems with road surfaces.
The Route 35/202 repaving project is expected to be completed by May 2024. It will include an updating of curb ramps to ADA accessibility where possible.