NextEra Energy Transmission New York Inc. (NEETNY) filed a Jan. 19 amended application with the New York State Public Service Commission to develop, construct, own, and operate the Oakdale to Fraser Project, a transmission line the company said would support renewable energy development in the state.
“NEETNY’s Project offers an efficient and cost-effective solution to meet the objectives of the New York Energy Highway Blueprint (the Energy Highway Blueprint) and the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission),” the application noted. “On October 1, 2013, NEETNY filed with the Commission its Part A Application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) for the Oakdale to Fraser Project (2013 Part A Filing). With this application, NEETNY supersedes its 2013 Part A Filing in response to the Commission’s February 2014 and December 2014 Orders in this proceeding. The February 2014 Order provided applicants the opportunity to submit alternatives to their projects that can be contained within the bounds of existing rights-of-way (or ROW).
“The Commission’s invitation reflected Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address, which included a proposal to expedite transmission projects that can be wholly contained within existing ROW or buried along existing state-owned ROW.
“NEETNY’s proposed Oakdale to Fraser Project meets the objectives of the Energy Highway Blueprint and the Commission: encouraging the development of renewable generation, enhancing system flexibility and efficiency, reducing environmental and health impacts associated with electricity production, increasing supply diversity, promoting lower cost generation upstate, enhancing compliance with the proposed United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs) once that rule is finalized, and mitigating potential problems resulting from generator retirements. NEETNY’s proposal does so cost effectively, consistent with the state’s preference for using existing ROW, and in a way that minimizes community and environmental impact.
The Oakdale to Fraser Project is an approximately 57-mile 345-kV, single-circuit (ac) transmission line paralleling an existing 345-kV transmission line between the Oakdale Substation in Broome County and the Fraser Substation in Delaware County. The estimated cost for this project is $98.3m and the expected in-service date is September 2018. NEETNY’s prior proposal included the use of existing ROW; therefore, there is little change to NEETNY’s proposal this time around, the company noted.