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NYPA Resumes Work On Projects That Were Suspended Due To Pandemic

June 17, 2020

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted June 17, 2020

The New York Power Authority has resumed work on certain projects that were suspended so that the Authority could focus on the continued safe operation of its power plants and transmission system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several large NYPA projects were underway when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York PAUSE as the COVID virus began to appear in New York State.

At that time, NYPA suspended various types of non-critical repair work and capital project work and focused on the continued safe operation of its power plants and transmission system.

NYPA recently reported that several of its North Country projects are in various stages of restarting.

The Authority has restarted work on a vital transmission infrastructure project to rebuild and strengthen the Moses-Adirondack transmission lines, an 86-mile line running North-South through St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties in the North Country.

The project, known as the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project, supports Cuomo’s plan to modernize New York’s energy system.

NYPA has also restarted work on a project to restore a small hydroelectric power plant that feeds power to the Village of Potsdam.

NYPA is providing approximately $4 million in financing and technical assistance to the village for the overhaul and upgrade of their hydro facility, which is expected to be back in service by the end of the year.

NYPA has also resumed work on a $5.6 million concrete rehabilitation project at the Massena Intake. The project consists of replacing the concrete roadway deck and sidewalks and the installation of a railing system.

Meanwhile, NYPA has set a target date of mid-July to restart work on its North Country Battery Storage Project.

NYPA will resume work shortly on a $29.8 million, 20-megawatt battery storage demonstration facility adjacent to an existing substation in Franklin County.

The project, which is anticipated to be in service by the end of the year, supports the state’s nation-leading 3,000 MW by 2030 storage goal.

NYPA is continuing to take proactive measures to guard against COVID-19

NYPA noted that it is continuing to take proactive measures to protect the health of its employees, and communities in which it operates, by limiting situations in the virus can be transmitted.

Employees are surveyed daily for wellness and are asked to stay home if they are displaying signs of illness.

Health checks require both NYPA employees and contractors to answer questions regarding themselves and their families, related to physical symptoms associated with COVID. Depending on the work situation, additional personal protective equipment will be worn as warranted for the health and safety of its workers, customers and the general public.

Through an Incident Command Structure, NYPA continues to monitor the pandemic and will make adjustments to these precautions as necessary.