Transmission developers submit details on anticipated milestones for proposed projects in New York

Several transmission developers on Feb. 15 filed detailed information on anticipated milestones for their proposed projects that address the alternating current (AC) electric transmission corridor that traverses the Mohawk Valley Region, the Capital Region and the Lower Hudson Valley in New York.

Boundless Energy N.E.

In its Feb. 15 filing, Boundless Energy N.E. said the milestones are based on the state Public Service Commission (PSC) completing the case (12-T-0502) in 2Q13; all state agencies completing necessary regulatory processes expeditiously; and Boundless Energy’s use to the greatest extent possible of existing rights of way (ROWs), which would lend to an accelerated permitting process with limited environmental impacts compared with creating new ROWs. The company also said that the schedule of major milestones is subject to change if those premises are not met and if unforeseen delays arise.

In its Jan. 25 statement of intent, Boundless Energy noted that it has proposed four transmission projects to the New York Energy Highway Task Force. The proposed projects are the Leeds-Path West, the North-South Solution — Project 1; Horace Greeley–The West–East Solution — Project 2; North River Express–The New York City Direct Supply Solution — Project 3; and the Covert Y Cables — Project 4.

Project 1 addresses the UPNY-SENY constraint and consists of five 345-kV transmission components, including a new 345-kV overhead line or underground cable in existing utility rights of way from the Empire Generator interconnection to New Scotland. The projected in-service date is 2016 and original indicative pricing is between $100m and $150m.

For this project, in 2Q13 and 3Q13, the company would consult with state agencies, file interconnection requests, consult with FERC staff regarding rate filing and negotiate with ROW owners. In 4Q13, the company would make its Article VII application with the PSC, hold the first public meetings along the route and file for a New York ISO (NYISO) system reliability impact study (SRIS).

In 1Q14 and 2Q14 2014, FERC would issue its rate order, the Article VII application completeness determination would occur and the company would file with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state for federal permits and reviews. In 3Q14, Article VII hearings would begin and NYISO would approve the project’s SRIS, according to the filing.

Among other things, the company expects that in 4Q14, a final environmental impact statement (EIS) will be issued by the Army Corps of Engineers and that the PSC will make a determination on the Article VII certificate. Construction would begin in 3Q15 and would be completed in 4Q16.

Project 2 addresses the Central–East interface constraint, particularly reliability needs in Zone J, and enables delivery of renewable energy from western New York to eastern New York. Boundless also said that the project proposes a combination of upgrading of existing circuits, additional 345-kV circuits and double circuiting and additional capability from New York to New Jersey. The projected in-service date is 2017-2018, the company said, adding that individual segment costs are being requested from manufacturers.

According to the Feb. 15 filing, the company would consult with state agencies, file interconnection requests, consult with FERC staff regarding rate filing and negotiate with ROW owners in 2Q-4Q13. In 1Q14, the company would file an Article VII application with the PSC and hold public meetings along the route. Also, in 2Q-3Q14, FERC would issue a rate order, and an application would be filed with the Army Corps of Engineers and the state.

In 4Q14, Article VII hearings would begin and NYISO would approve the project’s SRIS. In 1Q15, among other things, a final EIS would be issued and an application would be made with the PSC for approval of the environmental management and construction plan (EM&CP). Construction would begin in 1Q16 and end in 3Q17, with the project entering operation that same quarter.

Project 3 addresses the UPNY–Con Edison interface constraint using a 1,100 MW to 1,600 MW HVDC voltage source converter circuit from the Hudson Valley into New York City. The projected in-service date is 2018 and it has a preliminary cost estimate of $1.1bn.

According to the Feb. 15 filing, in 2Q-4Q13, the company would consult with state agencies, file interconnection requests, consult with FERC staff on rate filing and negotiate with ROW owners. In 1Q14, the company would hold its first public meetings along the route and file an Article VII application with the PSC. The company also said that in 2Q14, FERC would issue its rate order and the company would file for a NYISO SRIS.

In 4Q14, the company would file an application with the Army Corps of Engineers and the state for federal permits and reviews. In 1Q15, Article VII hearings would begin and NYISO would approve the project’s SRIS. In 2Q15, a final EIS would be issued and, among other things, an application would be filed with the PSC for approval of an EM&CP. Construction would begin in 3Q16 and be complete in 4Q18, with operations beginning that same quarter.

Project 4 addresses the aging connections from Westchester to Long Island with modern controllable HVDC voltage-source converter technology that provides long-term needs relief to the growing Long Island load center, as well as reinforcement of the Zone J needs of Manhattan. The project will use HVDC voltage source converter transmission cable circuits and it is expected that its capacity will be 3,300 MW, which, minus the existing AC ratings, will provide an increase of at least 2,000 MW on a fully controllable basis. Boundless said the expected in-service date is 2018 and it has a preliminary cost estimate of $1.74bn.

According to the Feb. 15 filing, an Article VII application would be filed with the PSC and public meetings would be held along the ROW in 1Q14. In 2Q14, FERC would issue a rate order and the company would apply for federal permits and reviews with the Army Corps of Engineers and the state. Article VII hearings would begin in 3Q14 and NYISO would approve the project’s SRIS in 4Q14.

In 1Q-3Q15, the PSC would issue a water quality certification and make a determination on the Article VII certificate. Construction of converters would take place in 4Q15 and in 2Q16 and 4Q16. The first set of converters would go into operation in 4Q17, followed by the second set in 2Q18 and the third set in the 4Q18.

West Point Partners

West Point Partners, a single-purpose entity formed by PowerBridge and Anbaric, said in its Jan. 25 statement of intent that it proposes to build the West Point Transmission facility, which will be capable of carrying 1,000 MW of electric power for about 80 miles between the existing National Grid Leeds substation in Athens, Greene County, N.Y., and the existing Con Edison Buchanan North substation adjacent to the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, Westchester County, N.Y.

The project’s preliminary cost is about $1bn, and the commercial operation date could be late 2016 or the first half of 2017.

West Point Partners noted in its Feb. 15 filing that it has completed environmental studies and in-water surveys that will allow it to submit applications for an Article VII certificate and an Army Corps of Engineers permit in 2Q13.

“Post determination of completeness, we have assumed a schedule of 12 months for review and issuance of these approvals,” the company said, adding that it considers these two approvals to be the major approvals needed to begin construction, along with the required EM&CP, and believes that other needed approvals can be obtained within that time frame.

The company also said it has made assumptions about the project’s financial structure that would allow it to accelerate the schedule by beginning engineering and manufacturing in advance of final regulatory approvals. “This would allow us to achieve commercial operation on or about Oct. 1, 2016 – and potentially even earlier if major regulatory approvals and cost recovery assurances are obtained expeditiously,” the company said.

New York Transmission Owners

The New York Transmission Owners (NYTOs) said in their Jan. 25 statement of interest that they propose to build five new AC transmission projects:

  • Marcy South Series Compensation and Fraser to Coopers Corners Reconductoring, with an in-service date of 2016 and an estimated cost of $76m in 2016 dollars
  • Second Ramapo to Rock Tavern 345-kV line, with an in-service date of 2016 and an estimated cost of $123m in 2016 dollars
  • UPNY/SENY Interface Upgrade, with an in-service date of 2018 and an estimated cost of $553m in 2018 dollars
  • Second Oakdale to Fraser 345-kV line, with an in-service date of 2018 and an estimated cost of $231m in 2018 dollars
  • Marcy to New Scotland 345-kV line, with an in-service date of 2019 and an estimated cost of $576m in 2019 dollars

The NYTOs are the New York Power Authority, Long Island Power Authority, CH Energy Group‘s (NYSE:CHG) Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) subsidiaries Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison)/Orange and Rockland Utilities, Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid plc subsidiary National Grid USA, and Iberdrola S.A.‘s New York State Electric & Gas/Rochester Gas and Electric.

To build these and other transmission assets in New York, the NYTOs are forming a public-private partnership by creating a new statewide transmission entity, the New York Transco.

According to their Feb. 15 filing, the NYTOs said that for the Second Ramapo to Rock Tavern line, pre-construction notification will be filed with the Army Corps of Engineers by 4Q13.

Such filing, as well as for Delaware River Basin Commission Approval and state Department of Environmental Conservation Freshwater Wetlands Permits, among others, will be made by 3Q13 for the Marcy South Series Compensation and Fraser to Coopers Corners.

For the UPNY-SENY Interface Upgrade, the NYTOs said project construction is anticipated to be phased and multiple EM&CPs are likely to be filed. For instance, EM&CPs for the Leeds and Pleasant Valley substations are expected to be filed by 4Q14. The Army Corps of Engineers filing will be made by 4Q15 and approved by 4Q16.

The NYTOs also said that for the Second Oakdale to Fraser line, an Article VII application will be filed in 2Q15, with EM&CP development occurring from 1Q16 through 2Q16. Pre-construction notification with the Army Corps of Engineers will be submitted in July 2016.

Regarding the Marcy to New Scotland line, the NYTOs said project construction is expected to be phased and multiple EM&CPs are likely to be filed. For instance, EM&CPs for the Princetown and Marcy Area substations are expected to be filed in 4Q15. The Army Corps of Engineers filing will be made in 1Q17, and approved in 3Q17.

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Corina Rivera-Linares was TransmissionHub’s chief editor until August 2021, as well as part of the team that established TransmissionHub in 2011. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial from 2005 to 2011. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines.