US recommends power line under Lake Champlain

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. officials are recommending approval of a power line that would move electricity made by Canadian dams to southern New England by sending some of it under Lake Champlain.

TDI-New England, the company making the proposal, said Thursday the U.S. Department of Energy had issued the final environmental impact statement on the plan.

The firm is hoping to win all state and federal permits for the project by the end of this year and begin construction sometime next year.

The Vermont project is designed to help supply southern New England with electricity generated by Canadian hydroelectric plants.

The Vermont line would carry 1,000 megawatts of power, enough to serve about 1 million homes, from the Canadian border in cables that would be buried in the bed of Lake Champlain for 100 miles before coming ashore in Benson. It would then run underground, mostly within existing public road or railroad rights of way, about 50 miles east to Ludlow, where it would connect to the New England power grid.

The company hopes to have the line carrying electricity by 2019.

A similar project that will run down the New York side of Lake Champlain and then down the Hudson River to New York City is also expected to begin construction next year.

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