Development Authority of the North Country

Development Authority Partners with Regional Utilities

Published on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:28p.m.

Contact: Laurie Marr, 315-661-3286 or 315-323-9288

Development Authority Partners with Regional Utilities

The Development Authority of the North Country has begun partnering with regional utilities to better serve residents of the North Country.

The Development Authority will provide a 430-mile dark fiber line for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) between Utica, Croghan, Massena and Plattsburgh. The dark fiber line will connect Power Authority equipment and substations, bolstering efficiency and reliability of the statewide public power electric system. The Development Authority will own and maintain the dark fiber, and the Power Authority will continue to own its own facilities and equipment.

At its December 14 meeting, the Development Authority Board of Directors authorized a capital expenditure of $1.6 million to begin construction of the line. Permitting and engineering will take place over the winter and construction will begin in the spring and be complete by fall, 2018.

“This is an outstanding example of two state authorities partnering to improve management and security of the power grid in northern New York,” said Development Authority Executive Director James W. Wright. “A key focus of the Authority is working with other organizations to implement infrastructure improvements that benefit the North Country.”

“The construction of this dark fiber line is an integral part of the Power Authority’s three-year, multi-phase Communication Backbone Program to improve efficiency and reliability of our statewide electric power system, and supports NYPA’s strategic vision to become the first end-to-end digital utility in the United States,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “We appreciate the support of our state partners in helping to bring greater security and resiliency to these important state assets.”

The Development Authority has already delivered a 10 Gbps service to New York State Gas & Electric (NYSEG).

Both of these projects will help the utilities better monitor, control and secure their systems and provides them with the capacity to deploy Smart Grid technology.

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