NYPA Press Release

NYPA Trustees Advance Multi-Year Infrastructure Upgrade Projects to Strengthen Clean Energy Generation and Transmission Assets

For Immediate Release: 1/27/21

NYPA Contact: Maura Balaban | Media.Inquiries@nypa.gov | (914) 646-6016

Energy Asset Operations and Maintenance Work Supports New York State’s Nation-Leading Climate Agenda

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees authorized several initiatives advancing multi-year programs designed to upgrade and extend the operating life of its generation and transmission assets. At its January 26 meeting, the NYPA trustees took action to authorize additional spending and contract awards tied to the Authority’s Transmission Life Extension and Modernization ProgramCommunications Backbone Program; and the Marcy to New Scotland Transmission Upgrade project, which NYPA is undertaking with LS Power Grid New York.

“The Power Authority is very proud of the work we are doing to help prepare New York State’s generation and transmission assets for the zero-emission energy grid of the future,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “NYPA’s Board of Trustees shares Governor Cuomo’s sense of urgency to move the state toward a green energy economy, and these authorizations will help New York meet its aggressive energy and environmental goals.”

These multi-year upgrade and modernization programs will advance NYPA’s utility-wide digitization efforts and are foundational to NYPA’s strategic plan, which was recently updated to strengthen the Authority’s role in advancing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. These infrastructure investments also will helpNew York State meet its overarching goal of onboarding more renewable energy and building resiliency in the state’s energy system to combat the effects of climate change.

The NYPA Board of Trustees actions at the meeting included the following:

  • Authorized $25 million for the completion of the final phase of NYPA’s Communications Backbone Program. The Communication Backbone Program is designed to establish a dedicated, redundant communications network that builds on NYPA’s existing infrastructure while leveraging available infrastructure from independent dark-fiber service providers to reduce dependency on commercial telecommunication providers. It began in 2017 and is scheduled to conclude in 2022. 
  • Authorized two resolutions valued at $139 million for the final phase of upgrades to equipment in the Niagara Power Plant’s switchyard. The upgrades are part of NYPA’s statewide Transmission Life Extension and Modernization programwhich kicked off in 2012. The authorizations cover the design, purchase and installation of new autotransformers, circuit breakers, switches and ancillary equipment. Additionally, the authorizations will be used to replace protective relay equipment that has reached the end of its useful life.
  • Authorized $200 million to begin construction of the Marcy to New Scotland Transmission upgrade project that obtained Article 7 approval last week from the New York State Public Service Commission and is scheduled to begin construction next month.NYPA is collaborating with LS Power Grid New York to rebuild a 93-mile transmission corridor between the Town of Marcy in Oneida County and the Town of New Scotland in Albany County. This project is one of several key projects highlighted in Governor Cuomo’s recent State of the State addressthat will increase capacity, reduce congestion costs, and speed the flow of more clean renewable energy across the state.

New York State's Nation-Leading Climate Plan 
Governor Cuomo's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieving its mandated goal of a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including over $4 billion invested in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector, a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, and 1,800 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while meeting a goal to deliver 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs in end-use savings.

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