New York utilities form group to develop electric transmission facilities


ALBANY – New York utility companies including Central Hudson, NYSEG and Orange and Rockland Utilities have formed New York Transco LLC, focused on developing electric transmission to meet future electricity needs in the state. The new corporation will develop and own those transmission projects once regulatory approvals are secured.
Transco has submitted nine enhanced transmission line proposals to the state Public Service Commission, addressing the state’s long-term energy needs as well as local concerns. All of the alternatives are designed to be constructed within existing rights of way with some of the proposals aimed at improving the visual impact of existing transmission corridors.
“Transmission system congestion cited by federal regulators prompted formation of the new capacity zone in Lower New York, raising electricity costs for businesses and residents,” said Central Hudson President James Laurito. “These proposals will improve electricity flow throughout the state by updating the transmission system, provide economic and environmental benefits and meet the interests of the local communities, while contributing to efforts dedicated to reforming the state’s energy vision.”
“It is essential that transmission system owners and other interest parties work together with property owners to improve the state’s transmission grid so we can continue to provide safe, reliable service across the state and accommodate the development of additional generation sources,” said Mark Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “While the initial project proposals filed by the transmission owners met these objectives, we have now addressed customer concerns by repackaging these projects to be built entirely in existing transmission corridor rights of way. These projects will benefit the upstate and downstate regions and, at the same time, minimize visual and land-use impacts to the fullest extent possible. 

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