New York state regulatory officials on Thursday gave final approval for a 100-mile transmission line in the North Country region meant to help reach goals meant to curtail the effects of climate change in the coming years.
Separately, state officials signed off on five new wind and solar energy projects meant to transition New York to cleaner and more renewable forms of energy.
The approvals at the state Public Service Commission, taken together, are the latest push by New York officials in the dash to meet the benchmarks set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
The state is required to make the change, which is expected to affect how New York powers everything from cars to lawn equipment as well as macro-level energy transmissions to homes, businesses and schools.
Regulators have approved Smart Path Connect, a transmission line that officials said would be the "backbone" of a system to improve energy reliability.
"New York is proud to be leading the clean energy revolution, using projects like Smart Path Connect to power communities across the state," Gov. Kathy Hochul said. "As we work to advance our climate goals and create the jobs of the future, these projects are a critical component of our efforts to build out New York State's transmission system to deliver clean energy to all New Yorkers."
Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission approved filings for wind and solar farms in Steuben, Schoharie, Albany and Lewis counties. The approvals were needed before construction on the projects could begin.
“These solar and wind farms that are being built are vital to meet the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s aggressive carbon reduction and clean energy targets to combat climate change,” said Public Service Commission Chairman Rory Christian. “These projects benefit all New Yorkers by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, boosting clean-energy investment, creating clean-energy jobs, and improving our environment.”