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N.Y. Power Authority OKs Key Rebuild of Transmission Artery

Wed November 28, 2018 - Northeast Edition #22
New York Power Authority


When completed, the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project will further strengthen the reliability of New York state’s electric power grid and allow more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state.
When completed, the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project will further strengthen the reliability of New York state’s electric power grid and allow more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state.

The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees approved, at its Oct. 2 meeting, $124 million for the initial permitting, engineering, design and procurement of new steel poles and foundations for the planned rebuild of the Power Authority's major North-South power transmission line.

When completed, the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project will further strengthen the reliability of New York state's electric power grid and allow more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state.

The upgraded line also will help accelerate the state's progress in meeting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, which calls for 50 percent of New York's consumed electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

"Rebuilding and modernizing our major transmission lines is vital to helping realize New York State's clean energy policies and goals," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. "These Smart Path upgrades will enable us to have a reliable, resilient transmission pathway from the North to the South."

The funding follows Cuomo's announcement in July 2017 that the state would be moving forward with the plan to rebuild the 78-mi. stretch of transmission artery. NYPA trustees previously approved $18.6 million for earlier phases of the project, which is expected to cost approximately $480 million.

NYPA's new funding will help support additional engineering work as well as permitting and materials for the new lines.

NYPA submitted an application for the Smart Path project to the New York State Public Service Commission for the project's Department of Public Service-required Article VII review in April.

At the Oct. 2 meeting, the NYPA Board of Trustees also approved an extension of a master services contract with three New York construction management firms to assist with projects like the Smart Path.

The firms are AECOM USA of New York City, CHA Consulting of Albany, and K&L Engineering Consulting of White Plains. This extension raises the contract authorization to $40 million through 2022.

When completed, Smart Path will run north to south through St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, carrying economical, clean and renewable energy, including low-cost hydropower from NYPA's St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

During the construction phase, the project is expected to create hundreds of jobs. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and the lines are expected to be in service approximately 3-4 years after the start of construction.