New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a 93-mile transmission line to boost the share of renewables on the state’s power grid. LS Power Grid New York and New York Power Authority will develop the Marcy to New Scotland Upgrade Project.
The PSC sees the transmission line as a key part of the state’s push to get 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The target is sometimes labeled the “70 by 30” goal. It is the first step in a strategy to achieve a carbon-free grid by 2040 and net-zero emissions across all economic sectors by 2050.
“Even greater quantities of various types of renewable generation are necessary to achieve the clean energy mandates for 2040 and 2050,” the PSC wrote in a recent report. “Meeting these milestones will require investment in renewable generation, as well as storage, energy efficiency measures, electrification of the transportation and heating sectors, and electric transmission and distribution infrastructure.”