National Grid opts for transmission upgrades

ALBANY – The most cost efficient solution to maintain electric reliably in the southwestern portion of New York State in the wake of the announced shutdown of the Dunkirk power plant is to reinforce the region’s transmission system, National Grid reported today to the New York Public Service Commission.

To support the region’s reliability requirements, the analysis showed that transmission network reinforcement proved to be three to seven times less expensive for customers than the potential continued operation of the coal-fired Dunkirk facility as a repowered natural gas plant.

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