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NYSEG, RG&E will upgrade transmission system in Finger Lakes, Southern Tier

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NYSEG and RG&E have been given the green light by the New York State Public Service Commission to upgrade their transmission system to allow for nearly 2 Gigawatts of existing and planned renewable energy facilities in the State’s Southern Tier. This is a significant move towards New York’s clean energy goals and reducing its carbon footprint.

The companies plan to invest in upgrading their transmission system, mostly in NYSEG’s Hornell Division, covering Allegany, Cattaraugus, Steuben, Wyoming, Livingston, and Yates Counties. The upgrades will help the companies achieve their investment into service, reliability, and clean energy goals in the communities they serve.

Alan Trotta, senior director of Regulatory Services at AVANGRID, commented on the significance of these upgrades, stating that “these upgrades are critical to meeting AVANGRID’s and New York State’s climate action goals, including achieving 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.” Trotta also noted that while the primary goal of this transmission investment is to enable the flow of renewable energy, the upgrades will also enhance electric reliability by replacing aging infrastructure with new, more resilient equipment.

The planned transmission upgrades in Hornell will take place primarily within or adjacent to existing transmission corridors, which will minimize disruptions to the communities in the Companies’ service area.

AVANGRID, which combines the resources and expertise of eight electric and natural gas utilities in New York and New England, aims to support the State’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Working in partnership with State government and regulators, AVANGRID remains committed to ensuring that the service it provides to customers is safe, reliable, and affordable.

This investment in clean energy infrastructure is a significant step towards meeting New York’s ambitious renewable energy goals. By enabling the flow of renewable energy and improving electric reliability, NYSEG and RG&E are paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future.