At a cost of about $2 billion, lines would be buried underwater starting in the Richelieu River in Quebec, then moving into Lake Champlain and the Hudson River and ending in New York City, with a portion buried along railroad and highway right-of-ways in the Hudson River Valley.
“It is gratifying to know that this project, having been studied thoroughly and openly, has received this important certificate from the state of New York,” Transmission Developers President and CEO Donald Jessome said in a press release. “We look forward to completing the permitting process so we can begin delivering clean, reliable, low-cost power to the residents and businesses of New York.”
With this milestone achieved, the permitting process remains on track with a goal of achieving all needed federal and state permits by the end of 2013. Project developers still need to obtain several federal permits, as well as secure private financing.
North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the chamber is a full and committed supporter of the Champlain-Hudson Power Express.
“It is a creative and effective approach to strengthening the vital energy connections between Canada, where ample power is available, and areas of New York in need of that power,” he said.
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