Plans will improve state
Itís ironic that people opposed to the NYRI project were encouraged to turn off their lights in protest (ďAnti-NYRI group calls for lights out,Ē Dec. 12) when, in fact, doing so vividly demonstrates what truly could happen (and did in 2003) without a reliable power transmission system: dark homes, dark businesses, dark schools and hospitals.
NYRIís project is a sincere effort to address a challenge to all New Yorkersí economic futures Ė our congested and aging electrical infrastructure that, if not addressed, will cause irreparable harm to the entire stateís economy. This very real threat has been widely acknowledged by state agencies and elected leaders.
Our in-depth studies, conducted by reputable industry experts, show that any increase in power costs to upstate consumers would be far less than opponents have suggested. Further, possible increases must be considered in relation to the total benefits including: taxes NYRI would pay to municipalities; new jobs brought to the area; economic growth that investment brings; and other significant financial benefits NYRI is prepared to pay to host communities.
Most areas of our proposed transmission line route would not significantly alter existing views, since nearly 90 percent of the proposed transmission line would be adjacent to existing utility and transportation rights of way. Nonetheless, we are working hard to address legitimate concerns. We understand peopleís apprehensions, and are open to making adjustments in collaboration with local stakeholders.
Finally, our proposed transmission line is a safe use of proven technology. Itís scientifically well-documented that any electromagnetic fields generated by power lines from the direct current technology we propose poses no risk to our fellow citizensí health and safety.
Electrical power is the lifeblood of economic development. Having a reliable power supply will only encourage economic development throughout New York State.
NYRI Project Manager