TDI New England has filed a Presidential Permit application with the United States Department of Energy, formally requesting authority to construct the New England Clean Power Link electric transmission project.
The Clean Power Link is a proposed 154-mile, 1,00-MW underground and underwater electric transmission line carrying Quebec hydropower electricity from the U.S. border through Lake Champlain and across Rutland to Ludlow, Vt. Depending on your point of view, it either renders the controversial Northern Pass above-ground power line in NH unnecessary, or shows why it is important.
The Presidential Permit application initiates Department of Energy review of the Clean Power Link. TDI New England filed the application on May 20, 2014 and anticipates the Department of Energy will commence public scoping of the Clean Power Link this summer. TDI-NE will submit its Section 248 Petition to the Vermont Public Service Board, and seek regulatory approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, later in 2014.
The New England Clean Power Link is being developed with private sector financing by TDI New England and will originate at the U.S. – Canadian border and travel under Lake Champlain and through existing right of ways to a new converter station which will be built in Ludlow.
TDI New England is a subsidiary of Blackstone, an asset management company headquartered in New York City.
TDI New England is also developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a power line carrying Quebec hydropower in New York State. It will run largely underwater and over rail line rights-of-way. Both these lines take advantage of deeper waterways than are available to Northern Pass, to sink power lines.