NYSEG to replace electrical cables on bottom of Seneca Lake

Starting in mid-August, New York State Electric & Gas Corporation plans to replace four underwater electric transmission lines in Seneca Lake running west to east from Torrey in Yates County to Romulus in Seneca County.

NYSEG has applied to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to replace the four cables, which were originally installed in 1942 to connect the electrical systems on the east and west sides of the lake.

The cables carried electricity generated by the original Greenidge Power plant, a coal-fired plant on the east shore of the lake in Torrey, built in 1937.

Before the project can begin, the State Environmental Quality Review Act process must take place.

Plans call for two new electric distribution cables to be installed south of the existing cables to allow for continued operation of the existing cables during construction.

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