New York Transco has announced the energization of the Rock Tavern to Sugar Loaf (RTS) electric transmission project in Orange County, New York.
This project, which was energized six months ahead of schedule on Sept. 27, strengthens the local electric grid and aligns with New York State’s clean energy objectives outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. These goals include reaching 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030 and achieving a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040.
The RTS project involved a comprehensive overhaul of an aging 115-kV transmission line within an existing electric transmission corridor, spanning areas like Hamptonburgh, New Windsor, Chester, and Blooming Grove. Supported by New York union labor, the project replaced 100-year-old transmission lattice structures with new modern monopoles, upgraded the existing Rock Tavern Substation in New Windsor, and rebuilt the Sugarloaf Substation in Chester.
This project complements New York Transco’s recent New York Energy Solution project, increasing the capacity to deliver clean energy while enhancing the reliability of the transmission system.
The RTS project was part of public policy initiatives selected by the New York Independent System Operator and underwent regulatory review by the New York State Public Service Commission and the Department of Public Service staff.
“The Rock Tavern to Sugar Loaf project represents another piece in building the transmission system of New York’s clean energy future,” New York Transco President Victor Mullin said.