Report: Champlain Hudson Power Express Line Will Not Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent report released by Energyzt and a diverse coalition of environmental, energy, and labor groups shows that New York City’s plan to import electricity produced by megadams owned and operated by Hydro-Quebec via the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) will not reduce overall climate-related emissions. On the contrary, this plan may increase overall emissions.

The key takeaways from the report are:

•Hydro-Quebec is already selling all of its excess power to neighboring markets over existing transmission lines and has no surplus power to sell to New York City.

•Any reduction in carbon emissions in New York City would be offset by increased emissions elsewhere because power redirected from other regions would likely be replaced by power generated from fossil fuels.

Additionally, NAMRA is concerned about the systemic lack of accounting for greenhouse gases produced by large hydro-electric facilities.