Thu, Nov 7, 2013 07:17 PM
(AP) _ An electric transmission company wants to build a
150-mile power line from the Canadian border to the southern
Vermont town of Ludlow, much of which would be buried beneath the
bottom of Lake Champlain.
The New England Clean Power Link project was announced Thursday,
Oct. 31, by the company TDI New England. Donald Jessome of TDI New
England said the $1.2 billion New England Clean Power Link line
could carry up to 1,000 megawatts of Canadian hydro-electricity to
supply about 1 million homes.
The link would be privately financed. The company estimates it
would save energy consumers $2 billion in its first 10 years in
The company hopes to complete the project by 2019. The company has
not yet applied for the permits that would be needed to begin
Jessome said he expected it would take five years to complete the
regulatory process and construction.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said he met with project backers, but he
wondered whether it would be needed since other clean technologies
are already being developed. The proposal would run two, six-inch
cables down Lake Champlain and east to Ludlow.
A similar project has been proposed that would run under Lake
Champlain then to New York City.