Public provides input on proposed electrical project

A public hearing was held Tuesday at Herkimer College to discuss a $750 million proposed project that will update high voltage electric transmission lines from Marcy to Albany.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 6:25 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. – A public hearing was held Tuesday at Herkimer College to discuss a $750 million proposed project that will update high voltage electric transmission lines from Marcy to Albany.

The Public Safety Commission wants input from residents on the project plans, which were presented at the meeting.

Developers say the necessary upgrades in this project will help ease some of the congestion in the state’s power grid. The issues are limiting renewable resources upstate, leading to an increase in consumer costs.

The current infrastructure is roughly 60 years old, and requires some maintenance.

"These are replacements and rebuilds of existing rebuild lines within existing corridors, we won’t be expanding any corridors, we won't be obtaining new property for the project it’s all existing property," said Casey Carroll of LS Power Grid.

The Department of Public Service will review the potential environmental and community impacts of the project, as well as public comments, before approving the proposal.

Comments can also be submitted by calling 1-800-335-2120 or via email at: secretary@dps.ny.gov.

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