Lake Champlain

Jan 9, 2016 11:54 AM

Vermont power line approval big step for Canadian power

The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Long-term plans to bring clean Canadian electricity to the power hungry markets of southern New England are getting a big boost from the decision by Vermont utility regulators to approve a plan to build a 1,000 megawatt transmission line.

The line proposed by TDI New England would run about 150 miles on the bottom of Lake Champlain and then be buried in public rights of way to the town of Ludlow.

TDI New England is still awaiting its final federal permits and contracts to deliver power, but hope to begin construction next year with power beginning to flow in 2019.

The relative ease with which the TDI project won state approval is a contrast to the ongoing efforts in New Hampshire to build the 192-mile Northern Pass power line.

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