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Quebec hydropower line through Vermont moves ahead

A project similar to Northern Pass, which would bring a gigawatt of electricity into New England from Quebec hydropower has taken the next step ahead.

The project, called New England Clean Power Link, would involve an underwater cable crossing the U.S.-Canada border in Lake Champlain and staying underwater along the Vermont-New York border to Benson, Vt., where it would move eastward to an existing substation in Ludlow in the center of Vermont. ...

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A project similar to Northern Pass, which would bring a gigawatt of electricity into New England from Quebec hydropower has taken the next step ahead.

The project, called New England Clean Power Link, would involve an underwater cable crossing the U.S.-Canada border in Lake Champlain and staying underwater along the Vermont-New York border to Benson, Vt., where it would move eastward to an existing substation in Ludlow in the center of Vermont.

On land, the high voltage DC line would be buried, according to TDI New England, the asset-management firm bankrolling the project.

The lack of towers means the 154-mile project is likely to be less controversial than Northern Pass, which would bring a similar amount of power down from Quebec through New Hampshire on high-voltage lines mostly carried on large towers.

TDI New England announced Tuesday that the United States Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, to assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed transmission project.

This review will be done in response to TDI New England’s May 2014 application for a Presidential Permit, which is necessary for the line to cross the international border.

The Department of Energy anticipates a final environmental statement by October 2015.

The statement will address potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and the range of reasonable alternatives.

Public meetings for will be held on Sept. 16 in Burlington and Sept. 17 in Rutland, Vt.

More information on the company and the project are available at www.necplink.com.

David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Brooks on Twitter (@GraniteGeek).