Empire State Connector initiates open season for 1,000 MW line

Empire State Connector Corp. (ESC) on Monday announced the beginning of an open season to reserve space on its 265-mile, 1,000-megawatt (MW) underground/underwater, high voltage, direct current (HVDC) transmission line.

The Empire State Connector will link Upstate New York to New York City, bringing power generated via natural gas, nuclear and solar facilities to the “Big Apple.”

The energy will be collected at a converter station built near Utica, where the energy will then be transported via transmission cables located in the Erie Canal and Hudson River to New York City, Kallanish Energy reports.

“This project perfectly complements the state’s and the city’s energy, economic and environmental policy goals,” said ESC chief executive, John Douglas. “It creates significant upstate economic growth, spurs the development and use of clean, renewable energy, helps better tie together New York’s massive electric grid with highly-controllable transmission technology and delivers low carbon energy into New York City.”

Preliminary engineering, environmental pre-feasibility study, route surveys and routing assessments have all been completed. A public outreach program is underway and the company plans on an in-service date in 2022.

Non-binding expressions of interest will be accepted until Dec. 22.

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