ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Public Service Commission has approved the Marcy-New Scotland Upgrade, a project that will establish a new 93-mile transmission line from Oneida County to Albany County.
The $854 million plan was part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 State of the State, and he says it will allow for a larger, faster flow of clean, reliable electricity downstate.
The project is also expected to stimulate the local economy by creating new jobs.
"New York is taking aggressive action to become a leader in the green energy economy by enhancing the reliability and resiliency of the state's energy infrastructure and constructing a new energy superhighway to move energy to high demand areas downstate efficiently," said Cuomo. "The Marcy-New Scotland Upgrade is a critical element of that effort and once complete, it will not only reduce energy congestion and production costs, but improve market competition, and create good jobs as well. With the PSC's approval now secure, we are one step closer to beginning work and moving New York towards a cleaner and greener future."
The energy project is being developed by the LS Power Grid New York Corporation and the New York Power Authority.
The existing transmission lines and towers, some of which are more than 60 years old, will be removed and replaced with new ones. Upgrades will also be made to the Marcy and Edic substations in Oneida County.
The rebuilt transmission lines are expected to be in service by the end of 2023.