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Construction begins on major underground transmission line to bring renewable energy from Canada to New York City

December 01, 2022

Times Union:

Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Whitehall, Washington County, on Wednesday announcing the start of construction on a 339-mile underground transmission line that will bring clean power from Quebec's hydroelectric plants to New York City. 

That's great news for New York, which has one of the most ambitious clean energy and climate change laws in the country, requiring the state's electric generation infrastructure to be emissions-free by 2040.

The $4.5 billion direct-current power line, known as the Champlain Hudson Power Express, will bring up to 1,250 megawatts of electricity to the New York City area — enough power for about 1 million homes. Construction is beginning in the village of Whitehall and will progress north and south at the same time, venturing through the Capital Region at one point, mostly along railroad beds or underwater.

Observers are hoping the Champlain Hudson Power Express construction remains on schedule to be completed by 2026.

[Larry Rulison]

More: Construction of $4.5 billion power line from Quebec to New York City begins

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