Eric Anderson | Albany Times Union
ALBANY — The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final environmental impact statement allowing the $2.2 billion project to construct an underground and underwater, 333-mile power line from Quebec to New York City to move forward. The Champlain Hudson Power Express, as the project is called, is being developed by Albany-based Transmission Developers Inc.
The project is expected to deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydropower to the New York metropolitan area, about half of what the Indian Point nuclear plant produces. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, citing safety concerns, has sought to shut down Indian Point’s two reactors.
“The CHPE transmission line will provide clean, affordable power while minimizing community and environmental impacts, and it offers a creative solution to meet the energy challenges of the future,” said Transmission Developers CEO Donald Jessome.
But the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, a group of business, community and labor organizations, criticized the DoE’s move to recommend a Presidential permit for the approval of the power line.
“This project is bad for New York and the United States,” said Richard Thomas, the alliance’s executive director. “It means lost jobs and shipping billions of dollars annually to Canada for a product — electricity — that we can more cost-effectively produce here in New York.
“At a time when we need to be investing precious resources into modernizing our electric generation and transmission system,” he added, “this project is nothing more than an extension cord from Canada to Queens.”
The line’s developer said the new power source was projected to save ratepayers $650 million a year once its operating. Construction, which is expected to create 300 jobs, is expected to take four years.
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