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Frequently Asked Questions

The Indian River – Lyme Junction Transmission Project involves the siting and construction of a new 9.3-mile 115kV transmission line in the towns of LeRay, Pamelia, and Brownville in Jefferson County. The line will begin at the existing Indian River Substation off Rogers Road in LeRay and travel west to a new North Watertown Substation off State Route 12 in Brownville.

Currently, this area is served by a single local transmission line. To meet the growing demand on our electric system, a new line is needed to increase reliability for over 30,000 customers in the area. The project will bolster the area's grid and serve as an alternate electric transmission connection to the Watertown community.

National Grid chose this route to minimize impacts by keeping the line away from heavily populated areas. Building the new line in an existing transmission corridor would not provide the reliability benefits we are seeking to bring to the area.

National Grid’s Real Estate group will contact and work with landowners to negotiate easements to build the new line. National Grid cannot enter or build on another landowner’s property without permission.

The project is currently in the design and permitting phase. Construction of the project is estimated to start in fall 2024 with completion in 2026.

The project will be permitted under Part 102 of the Public Service Law, which is overseen by the Department of Public Service. This permitting process will include the development of a report that is available for public inspection and is reviewed and approved by the New York Public Service Commission.

National Grid invites comments from the public at any time during the project development, construction, and operation phases. Visit our Contact Us to submit a comment.