NORWICH – The Marcy-South transmission corridor isn’t wide enough to support the New York Regional Interconnect power line, a spokesman for the New York Power Authority said Friday.
That means NYRI would have to condemn more land to make room for its project if it were to parallel the existing 207-mile-long power line, which runs through neighboring Otsego County.
“There is only enough right of way to support Marcy-South,” said Michael Saltzman, a spokesman for the power authority, which owns and operates the 345 kilo-volt line. “There is no extra right of way that is not being used by the existing Marcy-South line.”
Neither the power authority nor officials from the state Public Service Commission (PSC) would offer schematics of the right of way plans for Marcy-South, citing security reasons.
NYRI was ordered by the PSC to study building its $1.6 billion power line next to Marcy-South as an alternative to its proposed route, which runs through 44 miles of Chenango County on railroad and NYSEG right of ways.