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Friday, April 03, 2009

Upper Delaware Power Line Project is History

The high power line project along the NY/PA section of the Upper Delaware River proposed by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) is not happening.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled last month that they couldn't recoup their investment. NYRI decided to withdraw the project after losing their ability to recover the transmission costs from the ratepayers.

A large portion of the 190 mile long high power line would have followed the Delaware River down to Orange County, NY. Several groups have been fighting this project from the beginning due to the pristine river valley that was being put at risk.

Earlier this year, NY Con Ed, the company that would receive the power delivered by NYRI, spoke against the project claiming that it would do more harm than good. This contradicted NYRI claim that the $2 billion power line would deliver clean, cheap energy to its end users. Con Ed claimed that this would be negated by the costs imposed on their customers for transmission. They also claimed the project would adversely affect the systems reliability.