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Invenergy finds Empire builder

Developer signs MoU to connect 600MW of wind projects in New York state

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Invenergy has signed a memorandum of understanding with transmission developer Empire State Connector (ESC) to transport up to 600MW of wind power in upstate New York to downstate electricity customers.

ESC is developing a 1000MW HVDC transmission project – called the Empire State Connector – that will allow upstate generators to deliver power into New York City via two submarine cables buried in the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.

The $1.5bn project route aims to cut through existing transmission congestion that has been a problem in New York for many years, said ESC. 

The Invenergy wind projects represent approximately $1.2bn of new economic development activity in upstate New York, the company added.

ESC chief executive officer John Douglas said: “Once our formal solicitation is completed this summer, we look forward to entering into binding service agreements with generators like Invenergy interested to capitalize on our proprietary low impact route.”

Invenergy vice president, business development James Murphy said: “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.

“Upstate New York represents a viable and affordable solution for New York to achieve its Clean Energy Standard to become 50% renewable by 2030.”

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