Hydro-Quebec’s desperate need for profits and the willingness of some U.S. politicians to accept hydropower as a clean form of energy has resulted in the planning of transmission corridors to bring electricity generated from Canadian hydropower to the United States. The routes that these corridors follow cut through pristine wilderness areas and oftentimes drill under scenic and iconic rivers. 

Hydro-Quebec power transmission corridor.  Sept Isle, Quebec. Photo: A. Lathem

These transmission corridors will bring hydropower from remote areas of Canada over a thousand miles to markets like New York City and Boston. Communities that these transmission lines cut through oftentimes receive no direct benefits and must bear the environmental costs associated with them.