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New England Clean Power Link

The New England Clean Power Link is a proposed 1,000 MW High Voltage direct current (HVdc) underwater and underground transmission cable that will bring clean, low-cost energy from the U.S.-Canadian border to Vermont and the New England marketplace. Once completed, the project will lower costs for consumers, reduce environmental emissions, create jobs, increase tax revenues, and diversify fuel supply in New England, all while respecting Vermontís natural beauty by burying the cable.

If approved after extensive federal, state and local environmental review, the project will run two six-inch-wide cables an estimated 150 miles, all in Vermont. Approximately 100 miles are proposed to be buried under Lake Champlain and the balance buried underground in existing rights-of-way. The line will end at a converter station to be built at a location in Ludlow, Vermont and connect into the VELCO transmission grid to serve Vermont and the broader New England market.

The $1.2 billion merchant line will be privately financed and will not use taxpayer dollars. The developers of the Clean Power Link are also developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express project.

Current Events

Rutland Herald: Tentative timetable set for projectís CPG approval
A $1.2 billion project to run a power line from Canada to Ludlow may clear its final hurdle before the end of the year. Jeanne Elias, special counsel and case attorney to the Vermont Public Service Department, said she expects the Vermont Public Service Board to issue a Certificate of Public Good for the proposed New England Clean Power Link, or NECPL by December.

Addison Independent: Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain
With Vermont Gas having pulled the plug on its Phase II natural gas pipeline plan, attention is now shifting to another project designed to funnel energy through Lake Champlain – although the proposal in question has not drawn the same controversy that the Vermont Gas application generated.

The Burlington Free Press: VT weighs turbo-charge from Hydro-Québec
Keep Vermont's lights on, somehow. Let them shine without the release of too much carbon; without despoiling too many cultural and natural resources; and of course without costing us an arm and a leg.

TDI New England Files State Permit Application For The New England Clean Power Link
TDI New England has filed a state permit application seeking approval of its proposed New England Clean Power Link project. The application states that the project, once completed, will provide $136 million in ratepayer relief for Vermonters as part of a total public benefits package of $298 million. Over the 40 year life of the project, TDI estimates the project will create approximately $1.5 billion total economic benefits to the State and its residents.

TDI New England Files Application With the Army Corps of Engineers
TDI New England announced that the company has filed an application with the Army Corps of Engineers so the Corps can begin reviewing the New England Clean Power Link project.