ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal regulators have completed the environmental review of a proposed 330-mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City, the project's developer announced Monday.
Albany-based Transmission Developers said the U.S. Department of Energy's approval of the environmental impact statement clears the way for final permitting of the 1,000-megawatt Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line, which has been in development since 2008.
"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," Transmission Developers CEO Donald Jessome said.
The project is aimed at saving about 2 percent to 3 percent on energy bills in New York City, where power is expensive and urgently needed. Jessome said ratepayers will also see price breaks from Long Island to Albany. Besides ratepayer savings, the project will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions because the electricity is produced by hydropower rather than fossil fuel-burning, he said.
The line is to run under the length of Lake Champlain, through parts of the Hudson River and beneath railroad rights of way en route from Quebec to Queens. Jessome said the company expects to have remaining permits in hand in time to begin construction next year.
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