Public hearing slated for transmission line

A public statement hearing on the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission line will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Canal Corp. Visitors Center.

CHPE has proposed a transmission line that would deliver 1,000 megawatts of power to the New York City area. The line would start south of Montreal, near the New York-Canadian border, and would run underwater in Lake Champlain to a landfall at Dresden Station in Washington County, then along State Route 22 to the Canadian Pacific railroad line in Whitehall. After following the railroad, the line would eventually end in Astoria, Queens.

The project is being developed by Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI), an Albany-based developer of high voltage direct current underwater transmission systems with proposed projects in Maine, Massachusetts and New York.

Developers claim the $2 billion project would be one of the largest investments in New York State history and create an average of more than 300 jobs during the three and a half year construction period.

However because the line is a direct current line, upstate New York generators cannot connect to it as they could with a standard current grid.

The New York Public Service Commission is holding six public statement hearings along the route to gauge support, or lack thereof, as they decide whether to grant the application.

Anyone who would like to speak against or for the project and would like to learn more about it is invited to attend the meeting.

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