Two North Country, New York, energy projects aim to improve and update electricity transmission throughout the state.

One project will replace an aging cable between New York and Vermont that runs underneath Lake Champlain and the other project will rebuild the 85-mile, more than 70-year-old Moses-Adirondack transmission lines.

“These projects will help create a modern, more reliable and more resilient power grid for the North Country and New York as a whole,” says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “This administration has taken significant steps to rebuild this state’s energy infrastructure and we remain committed to creating one of the most innovative power grids in the country.”

More than 1.7 miles of cables underneath Lake Champlain will be replaced and new terminal structures at substations will also be designed and built. This project replaces the cables that connect a New York Power Authority substation in Plattsburgh with a substation in Milton, Vermont. The two-way transmission line will allow connected utilities to supply power to each other on peak demand days. The new cables will be able to support an increased energy demand and include fiber-optic lines for communication needs.

This project is part of a $726 million, multi-year transmission life extension and modernization effort launched by the New York Power Authority in 2012 as part of the Energy Highway Blueprint. Vermont Electric is paying a portion of the cost for the project, which is expected to take four years to complete. 

The other project involves the replacement of the Moses-Adirondack transmission lines, which run 85 miles from Massena to the St. Lawrence-FDR hydroelectric plant to a substation in Croghan, Lewis County. Originally built in 1942, the vast majority of the lines travel on outmoded wooden structures that need periodic replacement. The new 230kV lines will be attached to steel structures on concrete foundations. Construction is slated to begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees approved these projects, which are expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.

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