Frequently Asked Questions

What is Clean Path NY?

Clean Path New York is an $11 billion clean energy infrastructure project comprising over 20 renewable energy generation projects–all located in New York State–and a new 175-mile, underground transmission line. This project will generate 3,800 megawatts of new wind and solar power and deliver almost8 million megawatt-hours of emissions-free energy. Clean Path NY will help ensure New York State meets its nation-leading climate goals while creating over 8,300 jobs.

Why does New York need Clean Path NY?

Clean Path NY will help New York meet the mandate of the state’s landmark climate legislation, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires New York’s energy supply to be 100% carbon-free by 2040.

Clean Path NY solves a problem that has stymied New York’s renewable energy goals for decades: fixing New York’s congested, fragmented energy grid that is blocking renewable energy from reaching communities on the frontlines of climate change. Clean Path NY will modernize and unify the grid for the first time - allowing clean energy to go where it is most needed and shoring up our grid’s reliability so that the state can finally transition resiliently away from fossil fuels.

This “All Renewable, All New York” infrastructure project will transform the way the state is powered and advance New York’s the nation-leading climate goals with cutting-edge clean energy technologies.

How was Clean Path NY selected?

Clean Path NY was selected for award through NYSERDA’s Tier 4 Large Scale Renewables Program. The Tier 4 program issued a competitive solicitation seeking projects that would responsibly deliver a significant increase of renewable energy to New York City, an area of the state that relies on aging fossil fuel-fired generation, experiences the most significant air quality issues and health impacts from fossil fuel emissions, and has a marked need for grid reliability and resiliency.

Clean Path NY will go through robust public review through the Public Service Commission’s Article VII permitting process, which includes a full review of the need for the project and any environmental impacts of the siting, design, construction, and operation.

Who are Clean Path NY partners?

Clean Path NY is a collaboration between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Forward Power – a joint venture between energyRe and Invenergy. NYPA, Invenergy and energyRe each bring unique skills, assets and experience to this project to ensure its success. The project’s developers are trusted leaders in New York’s energy industry with distinguished histories of achievement. The Clean Path NY team will leverage each entity’s best-in-class capabilities to ensure that New York State will continue its history of leading the way in climate action.

How does this benefit New Yorkers?

New York will see improved air quality and public health benefits because our energy grid will no longer rely on fossil-fuel burning power plants that emit dangerous nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Clean Path NY will cut emissions from New York’s electric grid by 22% each year, dramatically reduce criteria air pollutants, and remove 49 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere through 2040.These emissions reductions will yield billions of dollars in social and public health benefits.

The project will create 8,300 new jobs in New York, result in significant net savings for New York State ratepayers, and make significant investments in long-term workforce development, job training, public health and education.

What kind of renewable energy will Clean Path NY generate?

Clean Path NY will generate 3,800 megawatts of new clean energy, including 1,800 megawatts of new solar power and 2,000 megawatts of new on-shore wind power. All the new renewable energy will be generated in New York, keeping jobs and investment in the state.

Will communities be impacted?

The project team is committed to working with communities and stakeholders at every stage of development to ensure that local voices are sought and heard, for the wellbeing of communities and the surrounding ecosystem. The transmission line will be sited entirely underground and underwater which will minimize community impact, ensure that the line is resilient against extreme weather, and limit disruptions in service. A majority of the transmission line will be built on existing rights-of-ways already used by roads and transmission lines. Routing and environmental work is underway on the Clean Path NY transmission route. The robust and comprehensive state planning process ensures that the transmission line will follow the most optimal route, taking into account potential community impact and environmental stewardship.

When will construction begin and end?

Pending all required public permits and approvals, the Clean Path NY line is expected to begin construction in 2024 and to begin operation in 2027.

Where are Clean Path NY’s wind and solar projects located?

Clean Path includes 23 wind and solar energy generation projects spread across upstate New York. The geographic and technological diversity of Clean Path’s wind and solar generation ensures maximizes the resiliency and reliability of the energy supply. Each wind and solar project is independently permitted to facilitate public review and engagement.

Where will be the Clean Path NY’s line be located?

Clean Path NY’s 1,300 MW line will run 175miles from Delaware County to the Hudson River and then to New York City, carrying power from solar and wind plants. It also will have augmented power from the existing Blenheim-Gilboa pumped storage dam and hydro plant in Schoharie County.

How is Clean Path NY going to help the environment?

The use of fossil fuels to power every element of our lives for decades has led to a climate crisis, driven by accumulated carbon emission in our atmosphere, where disruptions and dislocations due to extreme weather events are becoming routine.

Clean Path NY is a bold, clean infrastructure project that couples massive amounts of new renewable generation supplemented by legacy pumped-storage assets with state-of-the-art transmission technology to provide clean energy on a scale that will transform New York State’s energy economy.

By delivering almost 8million megawatt hours of clean energy over a new 1,300 MW transmission line, Clean Path New York will eliminate 49 million tons of CO2 emissions statewide by 2040, reduce fossil fuel-fired electric generation by 22% annually across New York State and power about 16% of New York City’s annual energy consumption.

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