Auburn Transmission Project power lines now placed in service

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) on July 3 told the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) that Line 979 and rebuilt Lines 971 and 972 of the Auburn Transmission Project have been placed in service.

As noted in an August 2016 PSC order approving an environmental management and construction plan for the project, the PSC in February 2016 issued a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to NYSEG and Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid to build and operate the project, which consists of a new 115-kV line in the city of Auburn, town of Throop, town of Brutus, and town of Sennett in Cayuga County, and the town and village of Elbridge in Onondaga County.

According to the August 2016 order, the line extends from the State Street substation to the Elbridge substation in two sections – one section runs 4.2 miles from the State Street substation to the right of way (ROW) intersection in the existing NYSEG ROW, parallel to existing Lines 971 and 972, while the other section runs 10.3 miles from the ROW intersection at milepost 4.2 to the Elbridge substation at milepost 14.5 parallel to the existing National Grid ROW.

According to the project’s website, the project addresses system reliability issues in the city of Auburn and the surrounding area. The project increases transfer capacity between the State Street substation and National Grid’s Elbridge substation; provides an alternate source of supply; and addresses system reliability issues by eliminating transmission limitations to the area, according to the site.

The project will benefit NYSEG’s customers who are currently supporting the Cayuga Generating Facility in the town of Lansing, the site added, noting that the project is needed regardless of Cayuga’s operating status.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief analyst for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 10 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at .

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