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Champlain Hudson Power Express gets final permit

Apr 22, 2015 12:03 am
[caption width="592" align="aligncenter"] From Champlain Hudson Power Express website.[/caption]Matthew Hamilton in Capitol Confidential reports that Transmission Developers Inc. announced April 21 that it has received the last of the federal and state siting permits the company needed to build the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a 333-mile buried transmission line bringing electricity from Quebec to New York City. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Department of Army permit for the HVDC transmission line that moves brings renewable hydropower from Lake Champlain to lower New York. Locally, the proposed line is in the Hudson River a little north of Coeymans in Albany County, and stays there until well past the southern end of Columbia County. On April 8 Capital New York reported that the $2.2 billion price tag is way under budget, and the planned main source of hydropower has not committed to the project yet. The Times-Union earlier reported that customers in in Greene and Dutchess counties could see lower rates if the project is a success. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.