Invenergy, Anbaric, National Grid file for Vermont transmission line to carry green energy

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New England’s clean energy future received a big boost today as three experienced organizations filed a proposal to diversify the region’s energy supply, adding clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposal, dubbed “The Wind and Hydro Response,” is designed to fit the request by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for more clean energy to help fuel the region’s future growth.

Invenergy, the largest independent owner and operator of renewables, is a US-based company with experience building wind energy facilities. The company will deliver its renewable energy to the ISO New England bulk transmission system through the Vermont Green Line.

Hydro-Québec, North America’s largest generator of hydropower, will supplement these deliveries to ensure that a firm block of clean, renewable energy is delivered around the clock.

The Vermont Green Line is being developed by Anbaric and National Grid, which joined forces in 2014 to develop transmission lines to bring renewable energy into New England. Their alliance created the Vermont Green Line, a proposed 60-mile, 400 MW electric transmission cable system designed to link Beekmantown, New York with New Haven, Vermont via a cable to be buried along public roadways and submerged beneath the waters of Lake Champlain.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 10,300 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities both in the U.S. and abroad, and now proposes to build a new wind generation facility for this project— the Bull Run Energy Center.

The company has developed and commissioned 64 wind farms across the United States and in Canada and Europe, totaling more than 5,444 MW, and another 1,265 MW of wind projects is either under contract or under construction. This new wind project, located about 20 miles northwest of Plattsburgh, NY, could deliver up to 400 MW.

The wind energy would be supplemented with hydropower supplied over the existing transmission grid by Hydro-Québec. The company will supply “The Wind and Hydro Response” up to 400 MW of new, verified hydropower generated by its Québec hydropower stations.

The Vermont Green Line will deliver enough clean electricity to power 400,000 homes and is expected to save New England energy customers $500 million, according to a study released last fall.

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