FAQ - Cricketvalleytransmission
FAQ - Cricketvalleytransmission
Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What are the benefits of the transmission upgrade?

    The Cricket Valley Transmission Upgrade will deliver benefits locally and regionally. Construction of this vital energy infrastructure project will:

    • Enhance the strength, reliability and transfer capability of the grid
    • Create jobs
    • Cause minimal disruption because of its location on an existing right-of-way
    • Enhance availability of energy generation to the local area

  • Why do we need a transmission upgrade?

    In 2013 CVEC was required to fund and install a new transmission line in the existing Con Edison right-of-way adjacent to an existing 345kV transmission line to increase the grid’s transmission capacity, redundancy, and operation reliability. The new transmission line was ordered by the New York Independent Systems Operator (NYISO) after six years of transmission line study, acting under the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The line is being constructed with FERC approval and will be turned over to Con Edison once the project is complete.

  • How is the transmission upgrade being paid for?

    Cricket Valley Energy Center will fund and construct the project. It will be turned over to Con Edison upon completion.

  • How long will the transmission line be?

    The new transmission line will be co-located with the existing 345 kV Line 398 inside the existing 14.6-mile Con Edison right-of-way between the Cricket Valley substation planned for Dover, N.Y., and the Con Edison substation in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. Additionally, the project will include re-conductoring a 3.4-mile segment of Line 398, in the same existing right-of-way, in the Town of Dover between the Cricket Valley substation and the New York-Connecticut state line.

  • How wide is the existing right of way?

    The existing right-of-way is generally 250 feet wide.

  • What communities will be affected?

    The new transmission line will traverse (east to west) the Towns of Dover, Union Vale, LaGrange, and Pleasant Valley in Dutchess County.

  • How long will the project take?

    Once construction begins, about 24 months.

  • Will there be any job opportunities because of the upgrade?

    Preparation, installation, and site restoration for the new transmission line will require a labor force of as many as 60 workers. Where possible, positions will be filled locally.

  • Will the new line involve new structures? If so, how many?

    To ensure optimal redundancy, reliability, and capability, monopoles—the product of the very latest technology—will be placed along the existing right-of-way to carry the new transmission line. As currently planned, there will be 62 new monopoles, including new poles on the Cricket Valley Energy Center site and 3 H-frame structures designed to mitigate pole height. CVE will also replace one of the existing lattice towers where CVE will connect to the existing transmission line.

  • What will the new monopoles look like?

    Unlike the existing lattice-shaped towers, the structures will be state-of-the-art monopoles, crafted with the latest technology with far less visual impact.

  • Can the location of a pole be changed?

    Transmission pole design and configuration, which incorporated input from local residents, elected officials, State and local agencies, was permitted in 2016, and cannot be modified. Significant penalties and contractual liabilities would be imposed should the contractor fail to meet its obligations to construct the line as approved.

  • How high will the new monopoles be?

    The Transmission Upgrade project includes poles that range in size from approximately 80 to 180 feet tall based on terrain and engineering clearance requirements.

  • How high are the existing towers?

    The existing towers are approximately 100 feet high, on average.

  • What is the voltage of the new line?

    345 kV.

  • What is the voltage of the existing line?

    345 kV.

  • Will any part of the transmission line be underground?

    No.

  • What effect will the new transmission line have on Dutchess County communities, wildlife and wetlands?

    Because the new transmission line will be placed along an existing right-of-way, the impact to local communities, wildlife and wetlands will be minimal. During construction, wildlife species may experience temporary displacement. These effects will be short-term in duration and localized to the immediate construction site.

  • Will trees be removed?

    Tree clearing is a regularly-scheduled part of Con Edison’s maintenance of its right-of-way, and CVEC is performing this maintenance work as part of its permitted Environmental Management and Construction Plan. Notice of the tree clearing appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal January 6, 2017.

  • What are danger trees?

    Danger trees are defined by Con Edison as trees whose proximity to the right-of-way or instability due to mortality, decay, weak branching, root lifting or other conditions pose a danger should they fall.

    CVEC will seek permission from a landowner prior to removing any tree deemed to be a danger.

  • Will local traffic be affected by the new transmission line?

    Because the new transmission line will be constructed in an existing right-of-way, there will be minimal impact to local traffic. Local communities may experience occasional traffic slow-downs during construction.

  • What is the electric and magnetic force (EMF) associated with the new transmission line?

    The new transmission line has been specifically designed to have EMF levels lower than New York state guidelines. Studies have been performed for the transmission line and the re-conductoring segment which, through the use of computer models, assessed expected EMF impacts. The results of the studies demonstrate that the EMF levels of the project at the edge of the right-of-way will be within or below those recommended by the New York Public Service Commission guidelines for electric transmission lines.

  • Will the project be noisy?

    Noise levels will be consistent with any construction project involving heavy equipment. Installation of the monopoles will move sequentially along the corridor. Construction noise levels will likely last no more than a few days to one week in any single location.

  • Was eminent domain used?

    Eminent domain was not used for this project. The project is being constructed entirely in the existing Con Edison right-of-way.