The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Department of the Army permit that allows the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to be placed in waters of the US along the proposed route
Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI) has announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Department of the Army permit that allows the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to be placed in waters of the United States along the proposed route.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express is a power transmission line that will bring safe, secure, affordable, clean energy to New York. It is intended to supply up to 1,000 megawatts (1 GW) of clean power to New York. The project will run from the U.S.-Canadian border to New York and deliver power to meet growing demand, increase the security of the electric grid, and reduce energy costs for consumers.
The line is set to be a High Voltage direct current (HVdc) cable that will be placed in waterways or buried along railway routes to minimize impacts to local communities and the environment.
With this approval in hand, the project has secured all of the federal and state siting permits necessary to proceed with construction. The permit authorizes TDI to construct the project pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The action taken by the Department of the Army caps the federal environmental review of the Project.
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 Department of Energy.