HVDC transmission developer, Empire State Connector Corp. (ESC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with wind developer, Invenergy.
Invenergy is currently developing a portfolio of up to 600 MW of new Upstate New York wind-power generation projects that ESC could help deliver to downstate electricity customers. The wind-generation projects represent approximately $1.2 billion of new economic development activity in Upstate New York for a total of $2.7 billion (when combined with the $1.5 billion estimated construction cost of the ESC).
The MOU confirms Invenergy’s intention to deliver competitively priced renewable wind generation to customers in New York City on the Empire State Connector transmission project, which could be an important step in implementation of the 50% by 2030 Clean Energy Standard under consideration by the New York State Public Service Commission.
The MOU is yet another important step towards the commercial viability of the Empire State Connector project and the economic value of upstate New York renewable energy. Invenergy, North America’s largest independent renewable power generation company, is a U.S.-based company with experience building wind energy facilities. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,700 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power-generation projects and energy storage facilities in the U.S.
Over 7,650 MW of the projects are wind farms located at 68 facilities the U.S., Canada, and Europe. ESC is developing a 1,000 MW HVDC transmission project known as the Empire State Connector that will allow upstate generators to physically deliver energy and capacity directly into New York City via two submarine cables buried in the Erie Canal and the Hudson River. The underwater route will have minimal environmental impact and no visual impact. The innovative route will slice through existing transmission congestion that has plagued New York for years.
“Invenergy is always looking for innovative ways to solve the energy challenges that face our customers and our communities. The ESC represents that opportunity with an experienced team who have a proven track record,” said James J. Murphy, Vice President, Business Development at Invenergy. “Upstate New York represents a viable and affordable solution for New York to achieve its Clean Energy Standard to become 50% renewable by 2030. Invenergy looks forward to making New York’s Clean Energy Standard a reality. ”
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