What is the Empire State Line project?
The Empire State Line project includes two new 345 kV switchyards located in the towns of Royalton and Elma and a 20-mile 345 kV transmission line connecting the switchyards that will traverse the towns of Royalton, Newstead, Alden, Lancaster and Elma. In addition to the new switchyards and transmission line, the project includes a phase-angle regulator to control power flows across the line.
The Dysinger switchyard in Royalton will become the new transmission hub in Western New York, connecting a total of seven 345 kV lines, and will provide a backbone for future renewable resource integration in Western New York.
How will the western New York region benefit from the project?
Currently, changes in the operation of the electric grid in Western New York region have caused congestion that limits power flows and causes spikes in its electricity costs. The Empire State Line project will address this congestion by enabling better power flow and stabilizing prices. According to an analysis by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), electric customers in western New York are expected to save approximately $230 million over the next 20 years once the Empire State Line goes into service.
Are there other benefits that the Empire State Line will bring to the region?
The project will include a new switchyard at the Dysinger switchyard. This switchyard will create a new transmission hub in the region, increasing grid reliability and providing the needed capacity to support additional renewable generation development.
Will there be any environmental impacts or benefits from the Empire State Line project?
NextEra Energy Transmission New York, Inc. (NEETNY) will construct the Empire State Line within the existing utility rights-of-way (ROW), which is expected to minimize potential environmental impacts to habitat, wildlife and vegetation, wetlands, visual and cultural resources, and landowners. Potential impacts were fully studied and reviewed during the Article VII environmental permitting process.
Environmental Benefits of the Empire State Line
- Facilitate the flow of renewable energy throughout Western New York.
- Facilitate the development of new renewable generation to support the State of New York meeting its goal of having 70 percent of the state’s energy coming from renewable resources by 2030.
- An analysis conducted by the NYISO projected that the project will reduce approximately 7.4 MM tons of carbon emissions.
Will NEETNY reach out to the Native American communities?
Yes, NEETNY has coordinated with and engaged with the Native American communities.
Will the construction cause disruptions in the neighborhoods near the line?
Construction will take place over a 12-month period, during daylight hours only. Since the project is primarily located within an existing utility right-of-way, the majority of the construction work will be within exisiting rights-of-way, with access over public roads. When construction is active in your area, you may experience an increase in vehicle traffic associated with our contractors and crews accessing work areas.
What will the workforce requirements be?
NEETNY contracts with qualified engineering, procurement, and construction firms that have a history of sourcing their workforce from local labor organizations. We expect the Empire State Line to support the employment of 120 and 150 workers, many sourced from local union organizations.
When will the project be completed and operational?
The project will be in service by June 2022.
Will the Empire State Line request any tax abatements?
No, this project does not expect to seek or receive any property or sales tax abatements.
Where can I find a copy of the Article VII application?
The Article VII application is posted on the NYS Department of Public Service website. Physical copies of the Article VII application are also available at the following local repositories:
- Clarence Public Library
- Eden Library
- Elma Public Library
- Lancaster Public Library
- Marilla Free Library
- Newstead Public Library
- Royalton-Hartland Community Library