BEEKMANTOWN – Torn up roads and loud construction sites possibly lie ahead for Beekmantown residents.
A few weeks ago, Joe Rossignoli of National Grid and Mike Relyea of Amanus, a consulting group that is working with Anabaric on an energy transfer project, presented their finalized proposal of the Vermont Green Line project to the town council.
The project aims to bring clean and affordable on-shore wind and hydropower to New England via a new 400 megawatt high power DC transmission line.
The $650 million proposed project will require 6.7 miles of underground cable in New York.
The line will carry DC wind power from new wind farms in the northern part of Clinton and Franklin counties 40 miles under Lake Champlain and 13.3 miles to a station in New Haven, Vermont, where power would then be distributed to southern New England communities.
“It’s an ongoing process,” Relyea said “But we plan on working with the county and community and answer any questions they may have.”
IMPACTING TOWN ROADS
The underground cable proposed routes in New York, if accepted, will be constructed under roads such as Jersey Swamp, West Hill, Pardy, Monty, Deyo, Durand, Burke, Route 22 and Route 9.
Relation’s main concern is the impact that would be made on residents who live on the roads and would need to be rerouted.
To incorporate the cable, the roads must be torn apart and, once installed, be rebuilt.
National Grid has said they intend to pay for road repair costs, but the town council still wants to make this transition as easy as possible for the residents – one of the reasons as to why the council has not given a letter of support for the project.
“We’re keeping an open mind,” Relation said. “If we can come up with agreements, then we will give support.”
HELPING THE AREA
With the incorporation of this project, it will not only create income for the town, Relation said, but its special districts, Beekmantown Central School District and Clinton County.
The project, if approved, will also enable the construction of more wind farms throughout the North Country and create hundreds of local construction jobs.
The exact numbers, however, are yet to be determined.
If the council gives a letter of support and the proposal is approved, National Grid and Anbaric is looking at a 2017-18 start date and being in service in by 2020.
Awards of the winning bids will be given out between April to July. Contracts will be executed June to September and submitted for state approval in December.
A public hearing and presentation will take place Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
For more information or updates, contact the town or a 24-7 comment hotline at 844-727-7528.
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