$2.2 billion power line could run through Capital Region

March 01, 2017 11:56 AM

Lawmakers are talking about a $2.2 billion, 1,000-megawatt electrical line that could run through the Capital Region.

The 333-mile line would be called the Champlain Power Hudson Express. It would take electricity from a hydropower power plant in Quebec and deliver it to a facility in Queens. 

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The 5-inch diameter lines would be placed underground or underwater, running along the Hudson River and railbeds. The line would travel through Washington, Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Greene, and Columbia counties.

It could be part of the answer to replacing the 2,000 megawatts lost if the Indian Point nuclear power plant is shut down in 2021. 

"We've been planning for the closure of Indian point since 2011, along with adding energy transmission and energy efficiency. So today, of the the 2,000 megawatts, we have close to 900 megawatts that's actually available to replace it," said Audrey Zibelman, Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission.

Transmission Developers Inc. says the project would bring tax revenue to Washington, Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties.

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Asa Stackel

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