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The Call for Ideas

“The overwhelming response shows…how many stakeholders share our commitment to comprehensively and promptly plan the future for New York’s energy system.”
-Joint Statement by the Energy Highway Task Force

On April 11, 2012, a call went out to New York’s investor-owned utilities, private developers, investors and all other interested parties: “The time for powerful ideas” to bring the state’s electric power system into the 21st century had come.

Photo of transmission line workerThe invitation, known as a Request For Information (RFI), and now closed, resulted in 85 responses that proposed 130 ideas for upgrading and revitalizing New York’s aging energy infrastructure while simultaneously promoting clean energy supplies, job creation and economic growth.

The Energy Highway Task Force pursued an aggressive timetable giving a thorough review to each response and all of the subsequent input that came in during a two-month public comment period. The result is the Energy Highway Blueprint, announced by Governor Cuomo on October 22, 2012.

The Energy Highway Task Force

The work of the Energy Highway Task Force is now complete. The agencies, authorities, utilities, transmission owners and other active participants will now proceed with the assigned specific tasks. Information on these tasks will be available on the websites of the public and private entities designated as Partners for each recommendation in the Blueprint.

The Energy Highway Task Force consisted of:

Gil C. Quiniones
President and CEO, New York Power Authority (Co-Chair)

Joseph Martens
Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Co-Chair)

Kenneth Adams
President and CEO and Commissioner, Empire State Development

Garry A. Brown
Chairman, New York State Public Service Commission

Francis J. Murray, Jr.
President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (served NYSERDA from Jan. 2009 - Sept. 2013)