N.Y. Power Authority Announces Completion of Energy Highway Transmission Project to Harden the North Country Electric Grid


Michael Saltzman

March 3, 2014


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has completed a modification to an existing transmission line that will improve electricity reliability in the North Country and foster greater integration of local wind power for diversifying New York’s energy sources.

The Moses-Willis Circuit Separation project fulfills a recommendation of the New York Energy Highway Blueprint—a major initiative of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to relieve transmission congestion and remove constraints on wind farms in Clinton and Franklin counties.

“The Power Authority has been diligent in its efforts to achieve the objectives of the Energy Highway Blueprint,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This project will bolster the North Country electric grid, improving reliability and resiliency for the region while also enhancing the efficiency of energy markets.”

NYPA, working in close coordination with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), completed the separation of two 230-kilovolt power lines, which extend from the Power Authority’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Hydroelectric Power Plant to a substation in the Town of Chateaugay. Previously, the lines, which had shared the same tower structures, were vulnerable to simultaneous failure in severe weather conditions. The separation of the lines will lower energy costs and allow local wind farms to operate with less restriction.

“This important North Country transmission project will save New Yorkers millions of dollars in reduced generation reliability costs and improve the performance of the state's wind generation resources,” said Rick Gonzales, NYISO senior vice president and chief operating officer.

The Energy Highway initiative, introduced in the Governor’s 2012 State of the State address, is a cornerstone of his energy policies to ensure that New York's power grid is the most advanced in the nation and promotes increased business investment in the state.


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.