- Connects upstate renewable, nuclear (zero emissions) and hydro generators directly to New York City.
- Northern terminus (Marcy substation near Utica, New York) is ideally located to aggregate a bundled supply of renewable energy and avoid the congestion and inefficiency issues associated with other substations nearby Albany.
- Strengthens and improves the reliability of New York’s transmission grid.
- Increases fuel diversity.
- Precise controllability of the new HVDC transmission line allows ESC to act as a virtual power generator and ensures that renewable energy in Upstate New York will qualify as “in-City” generation.
- HVDC transmission minimizes line losses compared to AC transmission lines.
- Creates significant employment opportunities.
- More than 500 direct jobs and over 1,200 indirect jobs during the 3-4 year construction cycle.
- Increases income tax and property tax revenues.
- Underwater cable route results in no visual impact and minimal environmental impact.
- HVDC cables do not have an electro-magnetic field like overhead AC power lines. They have a very low level static (constant) magnetic field that is similar to the earth’s naturally occurring magnetic field.
- HVDC transmission is a proven technology with over 200 projects successfully installed around the world. The first HVDC project was installed in Gotland, Sweden in the 1950’s.
- Use of the Erie Canal represents an alternative and innovative use of existing and historic infrastructure originally completed in 1825. The purpose of the canal was to connect upstate with the port of New York to enhance commerce upstate and to the West. The Empire State Connector is a continuation of this purpose.
- Reduced impact from price differentials in locational natural gas prices (i.e. insurance against gas infrastructure bottlenecks in stressed conditions).