State to invest in NYPA transmission upgrades
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ALBANY — New York state will invest $24 million into power transmission projects spearheaded by the New York Power Authority.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the investment Friday. The money will go toward a pair of transmission improvement projects happening at NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, a power station powered by the Moses-Saunders Power Dam in Massena. Both projects will help digitize NYPA’s transmission system by upgrading the circuit breakers used for 1,400 miles of transmission lines from the power station, in addition to new surge arrestors, transformers, breakers and relays across its power substations.
The funding will cover a $14 million contract with ABB Inc. to provide the new circuit breakers and a $10 million contract with O’Connell Electric Co. Inc. for construction.
“We are dedicated to preparing New York’s energy system for tomorrow, making it smarter, more digital and more resilient,” NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said in a statement. “Investments in our energy infrastructure, like these substation upgrades, will help ensure NYPA’s operational reliability, performance and effectiveness for years to come enabling us to continue our mission of providing low-cost hydropower and innovative energy services to our customers and more New Yorkers.”
The state funding will supplement NYPA’s $726 million effort to expand and modernize its power transmission system by connecting it to smart-grid technologies.
The Development Authority of the North Country has also invested money into NYPA’s upgrades. In December, it announced that it would provide a 430-mile dark fiber line that will connect to its equipment, substations and offices in upstate New York. The $1.6 million line will connect to facilities in Utica, Croghan, Massena and Plattsburgh.
Last summer, NYPA announced plans to rebuild a 78-mile transmission line that will allow other renewable energy projects throughout upstate New York to connect to the grid.
The $440 million Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project is slated to create 2,000 jobs apprenticeships.