PSC approves new power line

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ALBANY – The State Public Service Commission has approved the New York Energy Solution Project, a 54.5-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line at a cost of $530 million.

The line will start in Rensselaer County and extend to Dutchess County to speed the flow of energy to high-demand markets and consumers downstate.

That line, owned by New York Transco, will alleviate electricity bottlenecks that exist and allow for greater use of “clean energy” produced upstate, while improving grid resiliency and storm hardening.

It will upgrade and replace existing 80-year-old structures with about 230 fewer, more modern structures.

The project will be in existing electric transmission corridors or on adjacent utility-owned land in the Town of Schodack in Rensselaer County; the towns of Stuyvesant, Stockport, Ghent, Claverack, Livingston, Gallatin, and Clermont in Columbia County; and the towns of Milan, Clinton and Pleasant Valley in Dutchess County.