New York Secretary of State approves plans for Quebec to New York
power line to supply green energy
The Department of State recently conditionally concurred with the application by Champlain Hudson Power Express Inc. for the installation and operation of a 1000 Megawatt high voltage direct current electric transmission system connecting the Quebec region of Canada with the New York City area. The developer will install the transmission system under existing railroads and road corridors as well as the bottom sediments of portions of Lake Champlain, and the Hudson, Harlem, and East Rivers. The conditions that the Department of State identified address the preservation of existing Hudson River uses, such as navigation and commercial and recreation fishing, and the protection of environmentally sensitive areas.
The goal of the project is to provide clean, lower cost, renewable electricity to the New York City Metropolitan Area, one of the nation's largest and most expensive energy markets. It will diversify the State's energy portfolio, and lead to improvements in air quality and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing reliance on conventional power plants. The project also improves the State's ability to meet future regional market demands for electricity.
The Department of State reviews federal actions that are located within, or that have the potential to affect, New York State’s designated coastal area. In the case of federal authorization, actions such as permitting, the applicant for the federal permit must certify to the Department that their activity will be completed in a manner consistent with the New York State Coastal Management Program. The federal agency cannot authorize the activity without the Department of State’s concurrence with the applicant’s certification.
See the Department’s conditional concurrence here.