IPPNY Statement on NYSERDA Transmission Awards

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2021
Contact: Joe Shahen, joseph.shahen@ippny.org, (518) 436-3749

IPPNY Statement on NYSERDA Transmission Awards

Albany, NY – Today, the winning bids under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Tier 4 program to deliver renewable energy into New York City were announced. The winning proposals are Clean Path New York (a partnership between the New York Power Authority, Invenergy, and energyRE) and the Champlain Hudson Power Express.

IPPNY President and CEO Gavin J. Donohue said, “Climate Week magnifies New York’s laudable efforts to combat global climate change and highlights the importance of leaving a lasting environmental legacy. Today’s announcement, unfortunately, is a missed opportunity for stronger investment in New York’s green economy. Robust private sector response to NYSERDA’s solicitation shows there are developers and generators ready to continue their investments in our state – Clean Path New York is a great example of that investment. However, approving the Champlain Hudson Power Express without an upstate converter station that would allow New York’s own generators to connect to the line is a mistake.

“In addition to its hefty price tag, the Champlain Hudson line has long brought concerns of outsourcing New York jobs and lackluster emission reductions due to ‘greenwashing.’ While the State’s process will ultimately verify the source of the power on the line, giving this opportunity to a Canadian company rather than New York’s generators who have stepped up to the plate time and time again is wrong.”

Notably, NYSERDA’s Tier 4 solicitation required hydropower proposals to submit historical operating data and meet strict baseline verification metrics to ensure the power being delivered into New York City is truly renewable – a direct result of the IPPNY/Energyzt report on the impacts of the Champlain Hudson Power Express. Additionally, IPPNY Members are currently developing more than 2,000 MW of renewable energy awarded under State solicitations in support of New York’s nation-leading renewable generation goals.


IPPNY is an Albany-based trade association representing companies in the competitive power supply industry in New York State. IPPNY Members generate more than three-quarters of New York's electricity using a wide variety of generating technologies and fuels including hydro, nuclear, wind, natural gas, solar, energy storage, biomass, and waste-to-energy. For more information, please visit our website at www.ippny.org.


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