Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Assessment of Utility Right of(ST11055-1)

Community Power Network of NYS, Inc.


Sensitivity to impacts on the visual qualities of the travel corridors in the Adirondack Park has created a renewed interest in developing reliability guidelines and standards for utility line maintenance and siting. These guidelines need to be specific and protect the unique ecological and cultural landscape of the Park while planning for a reliable power supply. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has been working with New York Power Authority (NYPA), National Grid, and the municipal electric cooperatives to balance both electric reliability and environmental concerns. However, a “Best Practices” guide is needed to codify all planning, construction, and operational/maintenance activities.

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Project Description

This project will employ several subcontractors to address the regulatory, public policy, and public benefit issues related to electrical transmission lines within the Adirondack Park. Tasks will include, identification of current utility lines in relation to all concerned APA areas, creation of a GIS data base, determine current utility Right of Way (ROW) practices, assessment of current interruption and duration of utility line services, recommendations for tree-cutting/clearing practices, including planting and monitoring. Additional tasks will be; Best Management Practice guide submitted to the Public Service Commission for guideline to reducing visibility, develop matrix of State Agency approvals, recommendations to inter-Agency agreements for streamlining, assessment of local energy generation facilities within the Park, and applicability to promote demand -side management activities.


1.The Adirondack Park is an intrinsically valuable NYS resource, and the project genuinely reflects a true public benefit objective. 2.Development of a mutually agreeable guide for transmission and distribution line siting/installation/maintenance will avoid subsequent disputes among key stakeholders, and expedite future project implementation. 3.Utilization of microgrids within the Park may improve overall system reliability and reduce costs for consumers.

Project Results


Community Power Network of NYS, Inc.
1401 County Route 29 # 46
Olmstedville, NY 12857

Principle Investigator

Sue Montgomery Corey

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

Electric Power Delivery

NYSERDA Contact Information

Gregory Pedrick


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 4/8/2010 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST11055-1

Last Updated: 1/10/2014