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Albany Times Union:

State officials on Monday named two competing bidders as the winners in a long-awaited search for companies that can bring clean power to New York City – with both saying they will bury their transmission lines under the Hudson River.

The state Energy Research and Development Authority awarded the bids to two consortiums: The Champlain Hudson Power Express, which plans to transport power from hydroelectric plants in northern Quebec; and Clean Path New York, a partnership between the quasi-public New York Power Authority, Invenergy, and energyRE, solar power. 

 The lines by the end of the decade should power 2.5 million homes in and around New York City with carbon-free electricity, eliminating the need for numerous existing fossil fuel plants in the area.

The Champlain, or CHPE line, to be built by Transmission Developers Inc., would run 338 miles from the Canadian border to New York City, with most of the line under the Hudson as well as Lake Champlain. The project is owned by the Blackstone Group investment firm. It will have between 1,000 and 1,250 Megawatts or MW of capacity. It should be delivering power to New York City by 2025.

Clean Path NY’s 1,300 MW line would run 174 miles from Delaware County to the Hudson River and then to New York City, carrying power from solar and wind plants. It also would have augmented power from the existing Blenheim-Gilboa pumped storage dam and hydro plant in Schoharie County. That line should be up and running by 2027.

[Rick Karlin]

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