NYPA Announces Progress on
Plan to Improve Electric Reliability in Tri-Lakes Region
May 17, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today
announced progress on initial plans for the installation of a new power
line aimed at improving electrical service in the Tri-Lakes Region of
Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and the surrounding communities.
Under an agreement, unveiled last November by
Governor George E. Pataki, the Villages of Lake Placid and Tupper
Lake, NYPA and Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid Company, are working
together to improve the regional electric system and reliability
problems caused by winter weather and increased electric use. While
NYPA will obtain the permits for the line, Niagara Mohawk will build it.
It is expected the new 46 kV (kilovolt) power line will be in service by
2008, at an estimated cost of $29 million.
Within the next few months, NYPA and Niagara Mohawk
plan to submit a preferred and alternate route of where to locate the
power line in applications to the Adirondack Park Agency, the New York
Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. These routes will take into consideration information
gathered from public comments, regulatory agency consultations, and
environmental and engineering studies.
study route corridors currently being
From near the Stark Reservoir in Parishville traveling south
along State Route 56 until reaching forest preserve land. It would then
travel west, and circle south around that land, before heading east to
again follow State Route 56 south to Sevey Corners in Colton. It then
travels east along State Route 3 to connect with an existing substation
in Piercefield. An existing supply line from the Piercefield substation
would bring the power to the Tupper Lake substation.
From Newton Falls in Clifton heading east, through
Cook Corners east to State Route 3 to Sevey Corners in Colton. It would
then continue east along State Route 3 to connect with an existing
substation in Piercefield. An existing supply line from the Piercefield
substation would bring the power to the Tupper Lake substation.
Ultimately one route will be selected and one line
built, but the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
requires that NYPA evaluate more than one route.
NYPA is currently seeking public input on the
possible study route corridors. To reach a wide public audience and
encourage input, a map of the study routes will soon be made available
at town and village municipal buildings. Information will be available
shortly on the web at
www.nypa.gov (at the Home Page, click on the Tri-Lakes Electric
Reliability Project link) which will also give the public the ability to
submit questions and comments via email.
NYPA will also hold a meeting, with day and evening
sessions, in June to give the public an opportunity to identify issues
of importance concerning the project. Public comments will also assist
in the development of the Environmental Impact Statement, which is being
prepared under SEQRA. The meeting date and location will be announced
Property owners along the study routes are
currently being contacted to seek permission to enter their property to
gather information important to the development of the study routes.
Federal, state and municipal officials are also being briefed on the
NYPA has also begun energy efficiency audits to
encourage conservation through the use of energy efficient methods and
products at a targeted sampling of municipal offices, businesses and
residences in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. NYPA supplies the
electricity used by the municipal electric systems serving Lake Placid
and Tupper Lake.
The audits will gather information on these
facilities and their typical energy use to help identify a broader range
of customers well-suited to participate in energy efficiency programs.
These audits will also serve as the basis for developing cost-effective,
energy-saving recommendations and measures for these municipal systems
customers to implement. Recommendations are expected to be produced
by the end of June.
Statewide, NYPA has completed 1,400
energy-efficiency projects involving more than 2,200 government office
buildings, public housing, schools, colleges and universities. These
projects have resulted in $89 million in annual energy cost savings,
845,365 megawatt-hours of electricity conserved each year and reduced
annual emission of 658,958 tons of greenhouse gases. The
energy-efficiency measures include high-efficiency lighting, motors,
motor drives, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, boilers and
building shell measures and also the use of clean energy technologies
such as fuel cells, microturbines and solar energy projects.
NYPA plans to fund a feasibility study to explore
the possibility of a biomass generating facility at Tupper Lake.
NYPA will address the feasibility of generating electricity by using
wood from a working Adirondack forest. If feasible, this
sustainable energy source will help protect North Country jobs, improve
the environment and keep our energy dollars at home.
For information, or to submit ideas, questions or
suggestions for the Tri-Lakes Electric Reliability Project, please
contact, Steve Ramsey, Regional Manager-Community Relations, NYPA, at