NYRI claims project is tax-free, could receive federal rate incentives

NORWICH – Taxpayers won’t have to shell out a dime for the $1.6 billion New York Regional Interconnect power line, officials with the Albany-based company claim. In fact, www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI estimates that residents along nearly 200 mile route – including the 44 the line could run through in Chenango County – would receive a total of $30 million in real property taxes annually.

“The transmission line we propose to build, at no cost to taxpayers, would deliver electrical energy that’s already being generated upstate to economically crucial areas of the state,” said project manager Bill May, “and would do so in an affordable, safe and efficient way.”

However, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is currently offering private transmission companies like NYRI project incentives that could substantially, if not totally, reimburse them on several operation and construction costs.

www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI would have to apply for the incentives if the project is approved.

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