Empire State Connector Announces Open Solicitation for 1,000 MW HVDC Transmission Line from Utica to Brooklyn
ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Empire State Connector Corp. today announced the start of an Open Solicitation process for interested parties to reserve space on its 265-mile, 1,000 megawatt (“MW”) fully buried Empire State Connector (“ESC”) high voltage direct current (“HVDC”) electric transmission line. The Open Solicitation represents the next step in the development of the ESC, following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order authorizing Empire State Connector Corp. to sell transmission rights and services on its proposed merchant transmission project at negotiated rates.
London Economics International will serve as the independent solicitation manager for the Open Solicitation, debuting a novel approach designed to bring together upstate power suppliers and downstate load serving entities through the ESC. Non-binding Expressions of Interest will be accepted until December 22, 2017. A WebEX™ information session will be held for those interested in participating on December 5, 2017. Specific information about the process and expressions of interest can be accessed at: www.ESCsolicitation.com.
The ESC will support New York State’s Clean Energy Standard (“CES”), which outlines aggressive low carbon power goals for the state’s power suppliers. Bypassing the major congested transmission interfaces and delivering directly into the heart of New York City, ESC provides a key piece in the State’s energy and environmental solution.