ALBANY (WENY) – New York’s largest clean hydropower project has seen progress in modernization at two major power plants.
On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the completion of a major modernization at the New York Power Authority’s Lewiston Pump Generating Plant, and the digitization of the first of 13 hydropower turbines at the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant. The digitization, specifically, is the first major milestone in a $1.1 billion program that will occur over a 15-year period.
“Taking bold steps in the fight against climate change has never been more important, and New York State is prepared to lead the way forward taking advantage of carbon-free sources of energy,” Gov. Hochul said. “By digitizing and modernizing our Niagara Power Project, one of the largest sources of clean energy in the country, we’re ensuring that it will continue to power our economy for years to come. This project holds up New York as a shining example of what it takes to modernize and upgrade a large, complex generation resource.”
The two projects represent $1.6 billion of clean energy infrastructure investments combined at the Niagara Power Project. Together, the Robert Moses and Lewiston Pump Generating plants can generate up to 2,675 megawatts.
The achievements will help secure hydropower’s integral role in New York’s goal of transitioning to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040.