The New England Clean Power Link is a proposed 150-mile transmission corridor bringing 1,000 megawatts of electricity from Hydro-Quebec to Massachusetts. This corridor would be built and operated by Blackstone TDI, the same company that will be building and operating the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) in New York if this project is approved. Blackstone TDI is a multi-billion dollar asset manager that funds extractive energy projects across the world.
100 miles of the planned route will be buried under Lake Champlain and other existing right of ways. This privately financed project is forecast to cost $1.6 billion.
As with many other projects, this transmission line will bring few benefits to Vermont residents while threatening pristine forests, lakes, rivers, and streams with the environmental hazards associated with construction and development. Additionally, this transmission line will be carrying electricity that is marketed as clean while it is anything but that. The dams associated with the production of this electricity produce harmful methylmercury, generate greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide, and threaten Indigenous communities and culture.
Information and permits for this project from the State of Vermont Public Utility Commission can be found here.
The Presidential Permit was issued for this project by the United States Department of Energy on December 6, 2015, and can be viewed here.