HERKIMER- Representatives with LS Power Grid New York, and the New York State Power Authority held open houses in Herkimer and Oneida Counties about a proposed project.
They met with residents at the North Utica Senior Center, and Herkimer College to talk about an upgrade to high voltage electric transmission lines that will go from the capital region to Marcy.
The cost is $750 million, but representatives with LS power said most of that project will be paid for by down state residents.
Developers said the reason why the upgrade needs to happen is because the infrastucture currently in place is about 60 years old and they want to maintain the service residents are already getting.
They say residents won't see much of a change. "Residents won't even really see much of a difference, their existing power supply will be maintained. It's really about upgrading infrastucture that's about 60 years old," said Director of Project Development for LS Power Grid, Casey Carroll.
Carroll said if everything is approved, construction could start late 2020, early 2021.