March 8, 2022
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2022
*This Press Release was updated on March 24, 2022, to reflect additional expressions of support
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LARGE, DIVERSE COALITION URGES PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO APPROVE CHAMPLAIN HUDSON POWER EXPRESS CLEAN ENERGY PROJECT
More Than a Thousand New Yorkers Make Their Voices Heard in Support of CHPE by March 7th PSC Reply Comment Period Deadline
Environmental Advocates, Local Community Leaders, Organized Labor, Elected Officials Across NYS Among Those Calling for CHPE
CHPE to Provide Fixed-Cost, Clean Energy to 1 Million New York City Homes
CHPE Will Reduce NYC’s 90% Dependence on Electricity produced from Fossil Fuels by 25% — Cutting Air Pollutant Equivalent of 15 of NYC’s 16 Peakers Power Plants, or 500,000 Cars from NYS Streets and Roads.
CHPE Will Create 1,400 Good-Paying Jobs; Provide $1.5B annually in NY Benefits
Consensus for CHPE: APPROVE NOW. BUILD NOW.
New York – March 7, 2022 – More than a thousand New Yorkers from communities up and down the state and from all walks of life have submitted formal comments by today’s March 7th reply comment period deadline, urging the Public Service Commission to approve the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) clean energy project.
Local community leaders, elected officials, environmental activists, business groups, labor unions, academic institutions, advocacy organizations, and everyday New Yorkers have come together to form a united front in support of CHPE, citing the innovative clean energy project’s enormous economic, environmental and societal benefits.
Additionally, a recent opinion poll shows strong support across every demographic group and in every region tested across the state. The survey of 500 New Yorkers in late January and early February found that 65% of all New Yorkers support the Champlain Hudson Power Express – with just 12% opposed.
“We are pleased to have taken part in this important public process, and are grateful for all of the support that the Champlain Hudson Power Express has received including over a thousand letters from residents, environmental advocates, communities throughout the State, elected officials, business and labor leaders, academics and others,” said Donald Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers Inc. “We look forward to the completion of the PSC process and, if the Tier 4 contracts are approved, beginning construction on this crucial clean energy project.”
“We are proud to partner with TDI and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake to bring clean, reliable, and affordable energy to New York,” said Hydro-Québec President and CEO Sophie Brochu. “We want to thank the PSC for this important step in the process.”
This groundswell of support stems from CHPE’s many values and benefits, including:
About the Champlain Hudson Power Express
The CHPE project involves the construction of an entirely underground and underwater transmission line spanning approximately 339 miles between the Canada–U.S. border and New York City. Once built CHPE will deliver clean hydropower. The permitted CHPE is estimated to create more than 1,400 jobs during construction, with a commitment to use union labor.
Hydro-Québec is the largest renewable energy producer in North America. For decades, the company has been a reliable energy partner for New York, providing clean power to the State in support of its clean energy and reliability needs. In order to source the CHPE, Hydro-Québec will expand its transmission grid in Québec, from the Hertel substation to the Québec-New York border.
TDI (Transmission Developers Inc.), a Blackstone portfolio company, has spent a decade meticulously developing with local stakeholders the N.Y. portion of the project and its 339-mile route. The solid-state buried cable will travel a route through Lake Champlain, the Hudson and Harlem Rivers and terrestrially on railroad rights of way and roads until it reaches a converter station in Astoria, Queens where its clean energy will be distributed into New York City.
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