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Firm seeks Vt. power line under Lake Champlain to Ludlow

(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 operation.
The company hopes to complete the project by 2019. The company has not yet applied for the permits that would be needed to begin construction.
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.