On Wednesday the official start of construction on a 339-mile underground transmission line that will transport sustainable energy from Quebec's hydropower plants to New York City. Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement while she was in Whitehall, Washington County.
That's fantastic news for New York, which has one of the nation's most aggressive laws addressing clean energy and climate change, mandating that the state's infrastructure for producing electricity be emissions-free by 2040.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express, a $4.5 billion direct-current light line, will supply the New York City region with up to 1,250 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power nearly 1 million residences.
Construction is starting near the village of Whitehall and will move simultaneously north and south, crossing into the Capital Region at one point. It will primarily follow train lines or be submerged.
Direct current or DC, power lines can be made very small and buried underground, but they can only deliver electricity to one location, unlike conventional high-voltage power lines throughout the New York state that use alternating current or AC and hang on metal towers.
The Clean Path NY
Along with the Champlain Hudson, Power Express, another direct-current transmission line project involving the New York Power Authority called Clean Path NY will also bring renewable energy to New York City; however, in this case, the energy will be produced in upstate New York rather than Quebec, which has surplus hydropower to sell.
Once both projects are finished, it is anticipated that Clean Path NY and the Champlain Hudson Power Express will supply one-third of New York City's power requirements.
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