Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI) said April 21 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit that allows the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to be placed in waters of the United States along the proposed route from the Canadian border to New York City.
With this approval, the project has secured all of the federal and state siting permits necessary to proceed with construction.
TDI CEO Donald Jessome said: “We are extremely pleased that the Army Corps has issued the final federal permit necessary in order for our project to move forward. The approval comes after an extremely thorough and detailed review, and we want to thank the management and staff of the Corps for their professional approach to processing the application. The terms of the permit reaffirm that our project will take appropriate steps to protect New York’s environmental and commercial resources, and we are excited to have moved substantially closer to the moment when we will begin to deliver cleaner, lower-cost power to New York’s residents and businesses.”
The terms and conditions of the permit provide for cable installation practices and burial depths that are fully compatible with project plans, as well as the 2011 coastal zone consistency determination issued by the New York State Department of State, the 2013 Article VII state siting approval issued by the New York State Public Service Commission and the 2014 Presidential Permit issued by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express Project is a completely buried, 333-mile HVDC transmission line that will be installed underground and underwater, originating at the U.S.-Canada border and running the length of Lake Champlain and through parts of the Hudson River to New York City. In development since 2008, the project will bring 1,000 MW of clean, reliable energy to meet growing needs. The project is projected to reduce energy costs for consumers and businesses by $650 million a year once complete.
The project will also diversify the state’s energy portfolio and increase the electric grid’s safety and security by creating new, hardened infrastructure that is less susceptible to damage from natural disasters.
TDI is a Blackstone portfolio company with offices in New York City and Albany, N.Y. that develops unique energy transmission projects in an environmentally responsible manner.