Vermont: New England Clean Power Link

The New England Clean Power Link is a proposed 150-mile transmission corridor bringing 1,000 megawatts of electricity from Hydro-Quebec to Massachusetts. 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. The same developers working on this project are also working on the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express Project.

Route for the proposed transmission route. Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Public Radio

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.