Project Overview

In response to a public policy need identified by the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO), NextEra Energy Transmission New York (NEETNY), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Transmission (NEET), is planning to develop a new electric power line in Niagara and Erie counties that will enable greater utilization of renewable energy from the Niagara hydroelectric facility and electricity imports from Ontario.

The 20-mile, 345 kV line will start in Royalton, N.Y., and terminate in Elma, N.Y.

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.

The proposed project area can be found on the Maps page.

Benefits for the Local Community

The Empire State Line will boost the local economy by creating 50 to 100 construction jobs and generating additional revenue for the Niagara and Erie counties. More…

Appropriate Design

The Empire State Line will be located primarily in existing utility rights-of-way (approximately 98%) to minimize any disturbance to landowners and will utilize a pole design that will enable new poles to better blend in with existing infrastructure. More…

An Experienced Partner

NextEra Energy Transmission New York understands what it takes to responsibly develop large energy transmission projects like the Empire State Line. More…