Gov. Hochul touts start of construction on transmission line bringing clean energy to NYC

ALBANY — Gov. Hochul celebrated the start of construction Wednesday on a 339-mile transmission line that will carry clean energy from Canada to New York City.

The project, known as the Champlain Hudson Power Express, will transport hydroelectric power from Quebec to the city and produce about 10.4 million kilowatt-hours per year. That’s enough to power about 1 million homes, or roughly 20% of New York’s overall power needs.

Hochul said the clean energy line is an example of how officials in the state are working to “confront climate change challenges and energy challenges together, in the meantime, creating great jobs for a cleaner, healthier New York.”

“This is our opportunity. It’s going to make a huge difference in people’s lives, the air we breathe, our children’s health, as well as creating these great jobs,” the governor said during an event in Whitehall, Washington County.

An agreement between the developer tasked with completing the line and New York State Building and Construction Trades means the project will lead to about 1,400 union jobs.

Once operational, the climate-friendly infrastructure project will reduce carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons statewide — the equivalent of taking over half a million cars off the road every year — over its first decade, according to state officials.

Much of the line will be buried in either Lake Champlain or the Hudson River, while about 47 miles of it will run across Washington County. Construction is expected to be completed by 2026.

The transmission line is a major step toward the state’s goal of having 70% of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. New York set ambitious climate objectives in 2019′s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, including committing to reaching 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040 and a reduction of at least 85% below 1990-level of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“The transmission line is the latest in a series of significant, generational investments to advance renewable energy technologies like wind, solar, and hydroelectric that will help us meet our ambitious climate goals while supporting local jobs and helping deliver clean energy to consumers across New York State,” said Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos.