Meeting the challenge of growing energy demand
The region surrounding Saratoga Springs is the largest growth area in terms of electric load for National Grid in upstate New York and the increased demands are being placed on an aging electrical system. The Mohican-Battenkill Electric Transmission Rebuild Project is critically important to this growth. This project requires the rebuilding and reconductoring (re-stringing new wires) of approximately 14 miles of two existing 115kV electric transmission lines from the Mohican Substation in Moreau to the Battenkill Substation in Greenwich. The project traverses portions of the towns of Moreau, Fort Edward, Greenwich and Easton. The current structures will be replaced with self-weathering steel poles with an average height of 85 feet. The plan is to enhance the delivery of safe, reliable power to Washington and Saratoga counties as electricity needs have increased over the past few years.
In addition, the anticipated expansion of business and industry like the Global Foundries chip manufacturing plant in Malta, NY will place further demands on the system. The project will be performed under the Public Service Commission’s Article VII laws and is subject to state oversight and permitting. Construction began in January 2016 and is anticipated to conclude in Summer 2017.
Features & Benefits
• National Grid is investing $77 million in the communities within the project area, which will result in increased tax revenues to the towns.
• The majority of the project will be built and operated within existing National Grid transmission line corridors, minimizing community and environmental impacts, as well as the need to acquire additional property rights.
• The project adds the necessary capacity to maintain reliable electric service to the region and support future economic development.
• The project relieves load issues to both commercial and residential customers throughout the region.
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Erin Gryniak, Stakeholder Specialist