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Hochul announces start of construction of clean energy transmission line

what to know

  • The project aims to transmit hydroelectric power from Hydro-Québec to New York City in Canada.
  • New Yorkers will benefit $3.5 billion in economic benefits from the construction of the transmission line.
  • It is expected to generate 1,250 MW of clean electricity when completed in 2026.

NEW YORK – Governor Cathy Hochul announced on November 30 the construction of the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line, which upon completion aims to deliver 1,250 megawatts of clean hydroelectric power.

The line would run from the Hydro-Québec company in Canada to New York City. This construction follows a major consortium agreement between Transmission Developers Inc. and the New York State Building and Construction Trades.

“This new transmission line, which connects the largest generator of clean renewable energy in North America to New York City, will change the energy landscape for our entire region,” said Sophie Brochu, CEO of Hydro-Québec.

The line will carry hydroelectric power, energy created from turbines, and flowing water for 339 miles.

According to the governor’s office, meeting this milestone would generate $3.5 billion in economic benefits for New Yorkers, which would translate into approximately 1,400 family-supporting union jobs.

“The Champlain Hudson Power Express is a powerful example of the infrastructure that President Biden and Governor Hochul have committed to bringing to New York and the United States of America,” said US Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm.

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act aims for 70 percent of statewide electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. The construction of this transmission line is a step towards achieving that goal.

New York’s “Tier 4” renewable energy and transmission program is the first of its kind, and is one of two projects to begin under his direction.

“The program aims to significantly increase renewable energy in New York City, a region of the state dependent on aging fossil fuel generation largely located in low-energy communities facing the most significant energy issues. impacts on air quality and health. fossil fuels. fuel emissions, and there is a marked need to improve the reliability and resilience of the grid,” the governor’s office said.

The Champlain Hudson Power Express contractor union is executing project labor agreements and hosting community engagement meetings to relay operational updates to the public.

“This significant change requires that we develop our workforce in a way that advances our clean energy goals and continues to provide hard-working New Yorkers with higher-paying union jobs,” said Adrianne Esposito, Executive Director of the Environment. Extend.”

The Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line is expected to be completed and fully operational by spring 2026.

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