The proposed 20-mile, 345 kV Empire State Line will travel through Niagara and Erie counties to enable greater utilization of renewable energy to flow from the Niagara hydroelectric facility and electricity imports from Ontario.
This line is expected to improve electric reliability across the New York State electric grid and support New York’s goal of maximizing the flow of energy from renewable resources in the region. Furthermore, the line, which will be capable of transmitting approximately 3,700 MW of renewable energy, is expected to save New York customers money by making the grid more efficient.
Additionally, the project will:
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NextEra Energy) is a leading clean-energy company with revenues of approximately $17.2 billion and 14,000 employees as of December 31, 2017. NextEra Energy and its wholly owned subsidiaries are headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla. NextEra Energy owns 8,700 circuit miles of transmission lines, and nearly 830 substations across North America. The company has 46,790 megawatts of generating capacity in 33 U.S. states and Canada as of year-end 2017.
NextEra Energy’s primary subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light, which serves approximately 5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States based on retail MWh sales, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (NEER) which, together with affiliated entities, is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and also owns nuclear and fossil-fueled generation plants. NextEra Energy Transmission, LLC (NEET) understands how to safely construct, operate, and maintain major infrastructure projects.
On February 13, opportunities for public information and comment were held at the Alden Town Hall in Alden, NY.
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On October 1, 2018, NEETNY hosted two open house sessions at the Newstead Cultural Center to educate landowners about the project.
On August 10, 2018, NEETNY filed an Article VII License application for the Empire State Line. The application is posted on the New York State Department of Public Service website.