New England Clean Power Link: Project Development Portal

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 Vermont's 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

New England Clean Power Link Transmission Line Receives Major Federal Permit
TDI New England today announced that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“the Army Corps”) has issued a federally-required Department of Army permit to the New England Clean Power Link, allowing it to be placed in the waters of the United States along its proposed route.

Boston Globe (Editorial): Hydro power needed to meet state's 2020 carbon goal
For those inclined to see the glass half full, Massachusetts has made enormous strides in reducing its carbon emissions. Coal-fired plants, the worst offenders, are dying out across the Commonwealth. Investments in energy efficiency have lowered demand. The solar panels sprouting up along the Massachusetts Turnpike are only the most visible of the new generation of green technologies feeding power into homes and businesses.

Boston Globe: Rival hydro providers team up to make push for Mass. legislation
Hydroelectric companies will eventually fight with each other for a piece of Massachusetts' power market, but first they are teaming up to make sure they can get significant amounts of their energy into the state at all.

Massachusetts Governor Baker prioritizes hydro in his State of the Commonwealth Address
TDI-NE is pleased to hear the emphasis that Massachusetts Governor Baker placed on importing hydropower into New England in his January 21, 2016 State of the Commonwealth address. After recently receiving siting approval from the State of Vermont, the New England Clean Power Link is poised to provide the crucial link that will enable hydropower to flow into New England by 2020 and assist the region in meeting its aggressive economic and environmental goals.

The State of Vermont Issues Siting Approval for the New England Clean Power Link Transmission Line
TDI New England announced today that the New England Clean Power Link has received a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board. This permit is the comprehensive state siting approval needed to construct and operate the project in the state.

Associated Press: Vermont power line approval big step for Canadian power
Long-term plans to bring renewable Canadian electricity to the power-hungry markets of southern New England got a big boost when Vermont utility regulators approved a plan to build a 1,000-megawatt transmission line down Lake Champlain and across the state to feed the regional power grid, experts say.

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes Transmission Line Project
Today, the Vermont Public Service Board authorized the construction of a transmission line proposed by TDI New England to supply renewable energy from Canada to the New England region.

Boston Globe: Regulators approve $1.2b Vermont power line
A proposed 154-mile power line that will bring electricity from Canada to New England was approved by Vermont regulators this week.