Project will relieve constraints,
local residents and our local economy.
Federally imposed regulatory change sharply raises costs for individuals
and local industry.
An initiative to relieve congestion on New York’s transmission grid to allow free flow of electricity, including the power generated from renewable sources located upstate, will provide important benefits to state residents, and especially to Central Hudson customers.
Transmission bottlenecks have historically raised the cost of electricity for all New Yorkers by hundreds of millions of dollars each year, prompting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish a new capacity zone for the Hudson Valley.
The new capacity zone has the potential to further increase the cost of electricity in our region starting this spring by up to $350 million per year and raise local electric bills by 6 percent for residents and 10 percent for businesses; their intention is to attract new generators to the region with higher prices for electricity. However, higher prices would only benefit the existing independent generators at the expense of our customers.
Central Hudson is in active discussions with state and federal regulators in an effort to reduce or eliminate the impact of this new capacity zone. The long-term solution lies, however, in addressing the transmission bottlenecks.
New York State Public Service Commission is seeking proposals from utility companies and private developers on transmission projects that that best address these bottlenecks while providing benefits to residents and businesses. The proposal submitted by the utility companies, including Central Hudson, will largely utilize existing transmission corridors and statewide is projected to create nearly 6,000 direct jobs; save annually up to $376 million in electric costs; generate up to $40 million in property tax revenues for municipalities; facilitate wind generation in New York; and reduce power plant emissions by 227,000 tons. Although several proposals have been introduced by various parties, only one, if any, will be approved in each area by the Public Service Commission.
The process for evaluating each proposal is in the very early stages, and more detailed information on each proposal will be submitted in coming months, with ample opportunity for public comment and community participation.