New York green greenlights huge renewable energy projects to reduce dependence on fossil fuels – The Hill

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The story at a glance

  • New York State has approved contracts for two massive infrastructure projects that will allow the state to power its electric grid with clean, renewable energy.

  • It includes a long-awaited transmission line that will bring clean energy from Canada to New York.

  • The state is trying to phase out its fossil-fuelled power plant that supplies nearly 90% of New York’s total electricity.

New York State has taken a big step to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, announcing contracts for projects that will harness clean and renewable solar, wind and hydroelectric power from upstate New York to New York City.

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Thursday that the state Civil Service Commission has approved contracts for the Clean Path NY project and the Champlain Hudson Power Express project. The two are expected to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels by more than 50% by 2030, pushing toward a goal of having 70% of the state’s electricity powered by renewable sources by 2030.

New York hopes to have a zero-emission electricity grid by 2040.

Hochul’s office said the two projects are expected to generate $5.8 billion in overall societal benefits statewide and $8.2 billion in economic developments statewide.

By establishing a contract for Clean Path NY, the state is advancing an infrastructure plan that includes more than 20 wind and solar generation projects, including a 175-mile underground transmission line. It is supposed to enable New York to supply more than 7.5 million megawatt hours of emissions-free energy each year.


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The Champlain Hudson Power Express project is a highly anticipated transmission line that will connect New York State to Hydro-Quebec, a Canadian electric utility that generates nearly 100% of its energy from renewable resources, which means that there are little or no greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will establish a reliable, year-round source of clean, renewable hydroelectric power and help New York State phase out fossil fuel-fired power plants that currently supply nearly 90% of New York’s total electricity. the state.

Over the first ten years of the Champlain Hudson Power Express project, 37 million metric tons of carbon emission reductions are expected across the state, equivalent to removing more than half a million cars from New York’s roads. York.

“Today’s vote is a victory for New York and advances a project that will create thousands of jobs in the state, reduce harmful pollutants and invest nearly $189 million in protecting our environment, our neighborhoods and our planet – while providing renewable, reliable, power,” said Donald Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers, one of the companies involved in the project, in a statement.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), obtaining permission to establish new transmission lines is one of the biggest challenges facing the nation’s power grid. Many of the existing transmission and distribution lines were built in the early 1900s and now need to be replaced or upgraded.

New power lines are not only needed to maintain power grids, but also to provide links to new renewable energy generation resources, such as wind and solar power, which are often located far from where electricity demand is concentrated.

In January, the EIA announced that it expects solar power to account for nearly half of new electricity generation capacity in the United States this year alone. Most of the planned solar additions in 2022 will be in Texas at 28% of the national total, followed by California.

Wind power is also expected to grow this year, with the EIA noting that about half of wind capacity additions in 2022 will be in Texas. Last month, Oklahoma announced that one of the largest wind farms built in North America was operational, supplying wind power to customers in the state and to neighboring Arkansas and Louisiana.


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Posted on April 15, 2022

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