What is the New York Energy Solution?
The New York Energy Solution (NYES) is a proposed transmission upgrade to retire, replace and upgrade aging electric infrastructure to relieve congestion, enhance reliability and facilitate renewable energy. This will be done by re-using existing utility rights-of-way and assets. Core components: a new 54-mile 345 kV electric transmission line from Schodack to Pleasant Valley, a new switching station in Schodack, and ancillary electric transmission work in Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess and Orange Counties.
Why was this proposed?
NYES was proposed to meet New York State public policy needs to modernize the electric grid in order to facilitate economic opportunities, improve reliability, protect the environment and advance clean energy sources. Since 2013, the project has been involved in a State competitive process and selection.
Who is New York Transco?
New York Transco, working with National Grid, is the developer of NYES. New York Transco is an owner and developer of bulk power transmission facilities in New York with a mission to develop electric transmission solutions designed to reduce energy prices, facilitate the growth of clean energy, and ensure system reliability. Transco has completed several key transmission projects in NY. New York Transco is owned by subsidiaries of Con Edison, National Grid, Avangrid and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
What is the status of NYES?
NYES is currently undergoing the New York Independent System Operators (NYISO) Public Policy Transmission Planning Process to determine if it will be a selected project. The NYISO is charged with selecting the more efficient or cost-effective solution to meet the need. If selected, NYES will undergo siting and permitting through the Public Service Commission's Article VII process.
What is the Article VII process?
New York Public Service Commission provides a "one-stop-shop" permitting and approval process for large electric transmission projects like NYES. The process includes a detailed environmental impact analysis and public involvement throughout the process. Visit the Permitting & Approvals page to learn more.
What are the benefits of NYES?
By addressing electric system congestion issues head on, the NYES provides several benefits - economic and environmental - to New York State, its businesses and residents. Visit the Benefits page to learn more.
What is the project's timeline?
NYES is scheduled for an end of year 2023 in-service date. The full schedule is being fine tuned.
When will you begin constructing this project?
We cannot begin constructing the project until we successfully complete the Article VII process with a certificate in hand. This is normally a one to two-year process.
Who will build the project?
It's too early to determine this. We will conduct a thorough contracting process to ensure we have appropriate labor and staffing to safety, efficiently and effectively construct the project.
Will underground construction be considered?
There is a different set of considerations with undergrounding transmission lines, including environmental, engineering, maintenance and cost. However, we intend to fully study underground alternatives and assess their feasibility in the NYES project.
Where can I see a map of NYES?
Click here to see a basic map of the NYES geography. Additional maps and simulations will be available.