The proposed plan for the Champlain-Hudson Power Express transmission line bringing 1,000 megawatts of power from Canada into New York City is not as simple as the project developer would like to make it seem.
While the project has been met with fanfare and may seem appealing, it is fraught with problems and falls short on a number of public policy goals. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently has touted a plan for improving the state’s energy infrastructure, but we believe that focusing in-state resources on improving our own energy infrastructure is a much smarter investment in New York’s energy future than relying on foreign power.
Because the proposed project is what’s known as a direct current line, upstate New York generators and transmission facilities cannot simply connect into it as they can with the standard alternating current grid. As such, this project does nothing to strengthen New York’s existing grid, nor does it help meet the goal of moving low-cost upstate renewable and conventional power resources to downstate as outlined by Cuomo in his State of the State address earlier this year.
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