HVDC transmission developer Empire State Connector Corp. has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Invenergy who is developing a portfolio of up to 600 MW of new Upstate New York wind energy generation projects that the ESC could deliver to downstate electricity customers. These wind generation projects represent approximately $1.2 billion of new economic development activity in Upstate New York for a total of $2.7 billion when combined with the $1.5 billion estimated construction cost of the ESC.
The MOU confirms Invenergy's intention to deliver competitively priced renewable wind generation to customers in New York City on the Empire State Connector transmission project, which could be an important step in implementation of the 50% by 2030 Clean Energy Standard under consideration by the New York State Public Service Commission. The MOU is yet another important step toward the commercial viability of the Empire State Connector project and the economic value of upstate New York renewable energy.
Invenergy, North America's largest independent renewable power generation company, is a U.S.-based company with industry leading experience building wind energy facilities. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,700 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities in the U.S. Over 7,650 MW of these MW are wind generation located at 68 wind farms across the United States, Canada and Europe.
ESC is developing a 1,000 MW HVDC transmission project known as the Empire State Connector that will allow upstate generators to physically deliver energy and capacity directly into New York City via two submarine cables buried in the Erie Canal and the Hudson River. The underwater route will have minimal environmental impact and no visual impact. The innovative route will slice through existing transmission congestion that has plagued New York for years.
"There exists strong interest in our proprietary transmission project as evidenced by this MOU," said John Douglas, CEO of ESC. "Once our formal solicitation is completed this summer, we look forward to entering into binding service agreements with generators like Invenergy interested to capitalize on our proprietary low impact route. Our private sector solution will help New York State fund other important priorities like education and housing."