Boundless’ proposed Leeds Path West (LPW) project seeks to solve the existing transmission congestion problem using the most environmentally benign and socially acceptable technologies available. Moreover, LPW demonstrates that designing a project creatively with both the public and the environment in mind can also be less expensive and less intrusive than traditional approaches. . Rather than building entirely new lines with new towers, widened rights of way (ROW), and taller, more visible and/or denser towers, Boundless proposes to replace the existing traditional utility transmission lines with a new type of electric transmission conductor, which will allow for increased transfer capability without changing the appearance, The project proposes to make use of existing ROWs, existing towers, and where appropriate, underground/underwater technologies. This provides the required power transfer while significantly reducing the environmental and social impacts.
Boundless’ proposed Leeds Path West transmission project runs from the Leeds Substation in Greene County southwest to the Hurley Avenue Substation in Ulster County. Boundless proposes to install smart grid technology series compensation equipment adjacent to the Hurley Avenue Substation, and two series reactor facilities on each of the New Scotland to Leeds circuits, These are small, low, minimum visibility pieces of equipment which will enable more electric power to flow in existing transmission corridors The Leeds-Hurley section of the Leeds Path West project proposes to make use of existing transmission towers replacing existing lines with new, modern technology conductors which look identical, but provide a substantially increased transfer capability.
Using the same composite conductor technology, Boundless will reconductor the existing 345 kV circuit from the CPV Valley Tap to the Rock Tavern Substation, and the existing circuits from Leeds Substation to Pleasant Valley, and fromLeeds to Athens to Pleasant Valley, upgrading existing towers with additional cross elements as necessary to improve reliability and meet current weather proofing/ice loading standards.
Finally, Boundless proposes to install a new, underground line from the Roseton Substation under the Hudson River, and from there eastward underground to the E Fishkill substation, intersecting the existing major north to south transmission lines at E Fishkill. This segment will allow electric power to flow across the River, without the need for an above-ground Hudson River crossing or other extensive new above-ground transmission facilities.
Boundless’ relentless focus on innovation, smart technologies and high quality engineering results in more power transfer in existing corridors and at less expense.