October 13, 2022
Today, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) issued the final approval necessary to begin the first stage of construction on the Champlain Hudson Power Express project. This approval, part of the Environmental Management and Construction Plan (EM&CP) process necessary for project construction, reflects the final design for a 17.6-mile stretch of the project route from Putnam, N.Y. to Whitehall, NY. which enables project construction. Over the coming months, additional EM&CP filings will be made with the PSC as other sections of the 339-mile project reach final design. For each section, key stakeholders provide input during the PSC process. The EM&CP approved today was filed in April of this year and adjusted to reflect stakeholder input, resulting in the design that the PSC approved today.
“We are tremendously excited that the Public Service Commission today granted CHPE this first approval, signaling that construction can begin,” said Transmission Developers Inc. CEO Donald Jessome. “Thousands of members of New York labor unions, communities that will receive significant tax benefits, and residents of polluted neighborhoods will soon begin sharing in both the construction, financial, and environmental benefits of this 339 mile project. We are grateful to be part of NY State and NY City’s clean energy transition and look forward to beginning construction.”
About the Champlain Hudson Power Express
CHPE involves the construction of an underground and underwater transmission line spanning approximately 339 miles between the Canada–U.S. border and New York City.
CHPE will also provide competitively priced clean power, sourced from Hydro-Québec, that is expected to lower electricity generation costs throughout the state by $17 billion over the first 25 years of operation, all the while providing increased reliability and resiliency for the downstate grid. The project also provides a total of $3.5 billion in economic benefits to New Yorkers and creates approximately 1,400 family-sustaining jobs during construction, with a commitment to use union labor. CHPE will provide an economic boost to 73 municipalities and 59 school districts throughout New York State with an increase in incremental tax revenue of $1.4 billion in funding for local communities over the first 25 years of the project.