This week, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees approved a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with National Grid, an electricity, natural gas and clean energy delivery company, to rebuild approximately 110 miles of transmission lines in the North Country and the Mohawk Valley.
The work falls primarily within NYPA’s and National Grid’s existing transmission rights-of-way. The project, formerly known as the Northern New York Priority Transmission Project, was recently rechristened ‘Smart Path Connect,’ to reflect the project’s connection to another prominent NYPA transmission project currently under construction in the North Country, known as Smart Path.
Under the Joint Development Agreement approved today, NYPA is expected to own more than 50% of the project and National Grid will own the remainder. NYPA will lead all development and permitting efforts with input from National Grid. NYPA and National Grid will each retain ownership of their existing facilities and all facility improvements.
Both projects will harden the resiliency of New York’s power grid and accelerate movement toward meeting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ’s aggressive clean energy goals. Today’s action to approve the JDA follows the NYPA trustees’ March 30 approval of the selection of National Grid as the project’s co-participant. Smart Path Connect is expected to stimulate local and regional economies by creating and supporting hundreds of clean energy construction jobs.
“This public-private venture represents a significant investment in New York’s transmission infrastructure,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The Power Authority is very pleased to be moving forward with the Smart Path Connect project with National Grid, as we work to harden our electric system against adverse weather events and clear the way for more renewable energy to meet the needs of New Yorkers across the state.”
Smart Path Connect: Upgrades to Two Major Transmission Sections
Smart Path Connect is a multi-faceted project that includes work to rebuild transmission infrastructure in two distinct areas of New York State; one section, covering approximately 45 miles running eastward known as Massena to Clinton; and the other section, covering approximately 55 miles running southward, known as Croghan to Marcy. The two segments are connected by NYPA’s Smart Path Moses-Adirondack a transmission project that began construction early last year and spans approximately 78 miles from Massena to Croghan. The Smart Path project celebrated the energization of another segment of the project last week making it one-third complete and on-schedule for completion in mid-2023.