Open houses to be held for community feedback on Long Island transmission project

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Open houses to be held for community feedback on Long Island transmission project
The Propel New York Energy project is proposing nearly 20 miles of underground electrical transmission lines through the Town of North Hempstead. (Photo courtesy of the New York Power Authority)

Community members will be able to provide feedback $3.2 billion electrical transmission line project proposed in Long Island during a series of in-person and virtual open houses hosted through May and June.

For Nassau County residents, a virtual session will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 23. An in-person forum will be held for North Hempstead residents at the Bryant Library in Roslyn from 7-9 p.m. on May 28.

Other Nassau County sessions will be held on May 15 at Long Island University for Oyster Bay residents, May 16 at Kennedy Memorial Park Community Center for the Village of Hempstead, May 21 at Adelphi for the Town of Hempstead and May 22 at Oceanside School #8 for Oceanside residents.

Individuals can also provide comments or ask questions by calling the toll-free line 1-800-347-9071 or emailing the developers at [email protected]. Additional information can be found on its website PropelNYEnergy.com.

The Propel New York Energy project is proposing about 66 miles of electrical transmission lines throughout Long Island, with a majority proposed in Nassau County.

The project is a collaboration between the New York Power Authority, the state’s public power utility, and New York Transco, a New York developer, owner and operator of bulk electrical transmission facilities.

Its intent is to bolster reliability, resiliency and redundancy in the electrical grid and aid in environmental sustainability goals.

It includes the implementation of new and upgraded electrical stations along with nearly 90 miles of underground and submarine – or below the sea floor – transmission lines.

The electrical transmission lines will connect the electrical sources to the substations, which then distribute electricity to surrounding homes and businesses through separate distribution lines.

“It’s the backbone of the electric grid,” New York Power Authority senior program director Ana Stachowiak previously told Blank Slate Media.

A majority of the lines will be placed in Long Island, with just 12 miles in New York City and 12.6 miles in Westchester County.

Nearly 10 miles of submarine lines will also be installed, cutting through Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound. Of this, 6.25 miles will be considered part of Long Island.

The transmission lines are planned to be placed under existing public rights of way and utility properties throughout Nassau County and in Suffolk County, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester County.

Three segments of the transmission lines route will run through North Hempstead on Northern Boulevard, Mineola Avenue to Willis Avenue, and Glen Cove Road.

Of Nassau County, a majority of the lines will run through the Town of North Hempstead and cut through 11 villages. Approximately 19.5 miles of lines will be installed in North Hempstead.

The villages these lines would cut through are Westbury, Old Westbury, East Hills, Roslyn Harbor, Mineola, Williston Park, Roslyn, Flower Hill, Lake Succes, Russell Gardens and Thomaston.

The project proposal is preliminary and details are still subject to change pending community feedback.

The project is amid its pre-permitting outreach and survey phase which is when they will solicit community and municipality feedback on the project. This is a required component before permits can be applied for.

The application of a state permit to begin the project is anticipated to be filed this summer, but the process is estimated to take place through 2026. It is estimated that the permitting process will take about two years.

Community engagement is a requirement for the project to be granted its required state permits.

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