ALBANIA – Construction of a $ 854 million project to improve power transmission along a 345 kilovolt line in the Mohawk Valley and the capital region has begun.

According to the New York State Power Authority, the Marcy to New Scotland transmission upgrade project is designed to increase transmission capacity and help deliver more renewable energy to areas of higher demand across the state. The project will leverage existing electrical transmission corridors and replace aging transmission towers with the latest technology to increase energy efficiency. The work also includes the construction of two new substations between NYPA’s central transmission hub in Marcy and New Scotland in Albany County.

The work is also part of the government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels, and to achieve the goal of providing disadvantaged communities with 40% of the benefits of clean energy investments. The state says it will also help meet its 2025 goal of reducing local energy use by 185 trillion BTU and creating hundreds of jobs for clean energy construction.

“A clean and reliable transmission infrastructure is critical to tackling climate change and meeting New York’s leading clean energy goals,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “The start of construction on this important project marks a major milestone in our efforts to build a new energy highway to move energy more efficiently across the state while creating new jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers that will help our local and statewide territories revive economies. “

“NYPA is excited to leverage its transmission expertise in rebuilding this critical transmission artery,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA. “As we continue to produce cleaner energy, we need a modern, flexible highway for green energy to get it where it is needed.”