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Propel NY Energy Transmission Solution Selected by NYISO Board

June 21, 2023
The Propel NY Energy transmission solution is meant to strengthen the backbone of the electric grid with increased transmission capacity to help inject more clean, renewable energy from offshore wind facilities into the statewide energy grid.

The New York Power Authority and New York Transco have announced that their proposed 90-mile electric transmission project—Propel NY Energy—was selected by the New York Independent System Operator to achieve the Long Island Offshore Wind Export Public Policy Transmission Need Project Solicitation.

The Propel NY Energy transmission solution will strengthen the backbone of the electric grid with increased transmission capacity to help inject more clean, renewable energy from offshore wind facilities into the statewide energy grid. By building new underground and submarine transmission lines in existing public rights-of-way and substation facilities on Long Island, in New York City, and across Westchester County, Propel will efficiently and cost-effectively deliver clean energy to homes and businesses that benefit all New Yorkers and aid the state in achieving critical clean energy goals.

The Propel NY Energy collaboration of NYPA and NY Transco features two New York institutions with experience in design, permitting, construction and community engagement on complex transmission projects in New York State. Both have independently won past competitive transmission bid processes and are currently constructing clean energy transmission projects across the state. Pending regulatory approvals, Propel NY Energy construction is anticipated to commence in 2026 and enter service in 2030.

Propel NY Energy is meant to provide benefits to New Yorkers that include:

  • Reliability by providing redundancy and efficiency in the transmission network to ensure uninterrupted delivery of clean energy to high demand areas.
  • Resiliency to withstand the effects of climate change by hardening the transmission system with state-of-the-art, modern, durable infrastructure.
  • Greenhouse gas emission reductions from delivering offshore wind generation into the energy grid.
  • Lowering the cost of electricity to consumers through lower production costs and reduced transmission congestion as well as reductions in load payments and curtailment reduction.
  • Clean energy and construction jobs to engage New Yorkers in advancing a clean energy economy.
The Propel team said it is committed to using skilled union labor to the greatest extent practicable, leveraging a long history of professional, competent and safe work.

The next phases of Propel include stakeholder engagement and host community outreach and the permitting process under New York State Public Service Law’s Article VII siting, which requires a full review of the need for and environmental impact of the siting, design, construction, and operation of major transmission facilities in New York State. The Propel NY Energy project team is committed to working with communities and stakeholders at every stage to ensure the built project reflects local voices and values, prioritizes the wellbeing of communities, and protects the surrounding environmental ecosystem.

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