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Artist's depiction of cable laying operation on bed of Lake Champlain. Video still from <a href="http://youtu.be/63STVzjpNUo">TDI Cable Deployment</a>
Artist's depiction of cable laying operation on bed of Lake Champlain. Video still from TDI Cable Deployment

NYS Board approves Quebec-NYC underground power line

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The New York State Public Service Board approved the Champlain Hudson Power Express Thursday. The Power Express is a proposed underground transmission line that would bring hydropower generated in Quebec under Lake Champlain, under the Hudson River, and into New York City.

Now it's one step closer to becoming a reality.

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The Public Service Commission found that the transmission line would help supply the New York City load. They also found that ratepayers wouldn't have to assume the cost of line construction and that the environmental repercussions of the project are "relatively modest."

Donald Jessome is president of Transmission Developers, Inc., the company that would build the line.

"This is a very very significant milestone for us – this is the most important state permit we need for building this project," Jessome said.

But project critics aren't happy with the new development.

Jerry Kremer is chair of the New York Affdorable Reliable Electricity Alliance. He says that communities along the route should be able to tie in and use the power, too.

"Here's a line that's going to run from Canada down to New York City. And if I'm a major industry in the North Country or down towards mid Westchester region I can't tap into that line. All it is, is a way to move power down from there to the city and then probably on to other states."

TDI now needs to a federal permit, as well as permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.

They expect that the Department of Energy will issue a draft environmental impact statement about the project in June.

 

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