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The Champlain Hudson Power Express ("CHPE") project will bring up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable power to the New York metro area.

The project is permitted and strongly supported and would help New York meet its ambitious clean energy goals CHPE is a proposed 330 mile long buried, HVDC buried transmission line that will transport clean energy into the NY metropolitan area.

TDI is targeting to start construction in 2020. Construction of the line will take approximately 3.5 years, so operations would commence in 2024. The total project construction cost is approximately $3 Billion.

The project would be one of the largest investments in New York State history and create more than 1,500 direct full-time jobs and 1,100 secondary jobs during construction. Throughout the first 30 years of operation, 800 additional long-term jobs will be created by the project. It will deliver clean power to meet growing demands, increase the security of the State's electric grid, reduce emissions and lower energy costs for consumers.

According to current estimates, the project is expected to generate annual tax payments of approximately $47 million over the first 30 years of operations. Taxpayers in Washington, Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady, Greene, and Rockland counties, as well as the City of New York will receive yearly tax benefits from the CHPE.

Recent Developments

02/24/2020–Bloomberg: The Key to New York's Green Dreams May Be Turning Quebec Into a Mega-Battery
"Dotted within the sparsely populated forests and tundra of northern Quebec is an existing technology that could hold the key to slashing greenhouse–gas emissions created by powering the dense cities and suburbs between Boston and New York, at the lowest possible price. All that's needed is a handful of new transmission lines, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology"

Bloomberg Article: Link
MIT Study: Link

02/06/2020–Transmission Developers Inc. Statement on Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address and Commitment to Clean Power
Don Jessome, Co-Founder and CEO of Transmission Developers Inc. issued the following statement:

Transmission Developers Inc. is honored to be part of Mayor de Blasio's strategic plan to create a cleaner and greener New York.

We look forward to creating more than 2,600 good paying green jobs for New Yorkers when construction begins in early 2021 and we are committed to using organized labor. Our transmission line is buried to minimize environmental and social impacts while maximizing resiliency in the face of extreme weather events. The project is a $3 billion private capital infrastructure investment in New York State with a lifespan greater than 50 years. In addition to its economic benefits, the project will quickly make up for at least 50 percent of the firm energy currently supplied by the retiring Indian Point–energy, that otherwise, would be replaced by fossil fuels.

The efforts of our colleagues in the wind, solar and other renewable industries along with our Champlain Hudson Power Express and the clean hydro power it delivers will improve the lives and health of all New York City residents. As the Mayor made abundantly clear today, New York City remains fully committed to a greener and healthier city, state and planet.

Read the Mayor's Press Release here.

02/07/2020–North County Chamber of Commerce: [We] Welcome NYC Mayor's Commitment to Quebec Hydopower
The North Country Chamber, which is proud to play a special role in facilitating economic partnership of all kinds between New York and Quebec, has been a supporter of the Champlain Hudson Power Express project from its beginnings several years ago.

02/06/2020–League of Conservation Voters: Response to Mayor De Blasio's State of the City
We applaud Mayor de Blasio for expanding and introducing several green energy initiatives in his State of the City address, including realizing green jobs in New York City by creating an offshore wind port in Brooklyn, increasing investment to deploy solar energy citywide, and connecting the city to hydro energy sources with the Champlain Hudson Power Express project.

01/08/2020–Transmission Developers Applauds Governor Cuomo's Support for Renewable Energy
Donald Jessome, Co-Founder and CEO of Transmission Developers Inc. today issued the following statement:

"Transmission Developers Inc. applauds Governor Cuomo's continued support for renewable energy across New York State. To meet the State's ambitious carbon-reduction mandates, New York City requires access to significant quantities of clean power from Upstate wind and solar resources, offshore wind development and existing hydro assets. Taken together, these abundant resources will help New York State lead the nation in the fight against climate change. Governor Cuomo deserves credit and praise for paving this path forward."

01/05/2020–Times Herald Record Editorial: It's Now Time to Keep that Energy Promise
The issue, therefore, before the state in the coming year is the familiar transmission line bringing a significant amount of hydropower from Quebec to New York City. While that does not provide any direct benefit to the rest of the state, it would go a long way toward providing the amount of clean energy the state needs quickly. And with the city-centric focus of the Legislature, it is bound to have the necessary support. So watch for action on this Champlain Hudson Power Express.

12/10/2019–League of Conservation Voters: A New Opportunity to Expand Hydropower in New York
The New York League of Conservation Voters makes the case for the Champlain Hudson Power Express and the development of renewable energy sources to power the New York electric grid.

12/09/2019–Citizens Budget Commission: Getting Greener. Cost-Effective Options for Achieving New York State's Greenhouse Gas Goals
Recently, a privately developed transmission project, the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) obtained all necessary permits to construct a 330–mile transmission line from the U.S.–Canada border to New York City. The project has a designed capacity of 1,000 MW and is expected to be able to deliver approximately 8,000 Gwh per year to New York.

11/26/2019–Statement from TDI on Champlain Hudson Power Express Supply
Transmission Developers Inc. is surprised and disappointed by Riverkeeper's decision to withdraw support for the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE). We note with interest that none of the reasons for their withdrawal have anything to do with the CHPE and remain perplexed why Riverkeeper is now opposed to a reliable source of clean energy at a time that New York is making great effort to decarbonize. Instead, and notwithstanding its previous support, Riverkeeper has concluded additional clean hydropower has no place in New York's energy system. Read more...

11/11/2019–Albany Times Union: Hydropower supports state's energy goals
The article "Upstate left out of power proposal," Oct. 31, does a good job explaining how the Champlain Hudson Power Express line could go a long way to providing much-needed clean energy downstate.

10/25/2019–Journal News: Organized Labor Powers Our Energy Future
There is a project to celebrate where common ground was plotted, good paying jobs will be created and addressing New York City's growing energy demand is the result. That is the Champlain Hudson Power Express project.

10/25/2019–Politico: New York City May Finance Power Line in Push for Quebec Hydro
"In addition to New York City, TDI has had strong interest from other large energy consumers who are interested in securing carbon free energy for corporate policy reasons and to comply with NY City's ambitious clean energy legislation," said Jennifer Laird-White, a spokesperson for TDI. "We are confident that there is more than sufficient demand to meet our planned operational date of early 2025."

06/12/2019–Champlain Hudson Power Express Announces Important Project Updates
Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI) issued several important updates for the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a permitted, high–voltage direct–current transmission line from the United States–Canada border to Queens, N.Y.

TDI is exploring a capacity expansion and moves the line into NYISO's 2019 Class Year Study. More...

06/04/2019–Plattsburgh Press Republican: CHPE is Vital (Letter to the Editor)
Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce writes "we have been and continue to be a strong and enthusiastic supporter of the Champlain Hudson Power Express, designed to bring renewable hydro power to New York City in a very environmentally friendly way."

06/12/2019–Politico: Canadian Hydropower Transmission Line Considers Boosting Capacity
Blackstone–backed Transmission Developers Inc., is considering boosting the capacity of the proposed 330–mile long Champlain Hudson Power Express high–voltage, direct current line by 250 megawatts, said CEO Don Jessome, in an exclusive interview with POLITICO. That would bring the total capacity to 1,250 megawatts.

04/22/2019–Statement from Blackstone and Transmission Developers Inc.
04/22/2019 – Blackstone and Transmission Developers Inc. issued the following statement today:

"Blackstone and TDI applaud Mayor de Blasio for taking bold action that will enable renewable energy projects to power New York City's future growth in a sustainable way.

"Blackstone and TDI's fully permitted Champlain Hudson Power Express is ready to supply New York with 1,000 MW of clean, renewable power, which will create jobs, improve local air quality and more than double the amount of carbon-free power in New York City's energy supply. We look forward to working with the City and State during the formal procurement process and to being a part of New York's cleaner, greener future."

View Mayor de Blasio Press Release Here.