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New England Clean Power Link

The New England Clean Power Link is a proposed 1,000 MW High Voltage direct current (HVdc) underwater and underground transmission line that will bring clean, low-cost energy from the U.S.-Canadian border to Vermont and the New England marketplace. Once completed, the project will lower costs for consumers, reduce environmental emissions, create jobs, increase tax revenues, and diversify fuel supply in New England, all while respecting Vermontís natural beauty by burying the lines.

If approved after extensive federal, state and local environmental review, the project will run two six-inch-wide cables an estimated 150 miles, all in Vermont. Approximately 100 miles are proposed to be buried under Lake Champlain and the balance buried underground in existing rights-of-way. The line will end at a converter station to be built at a location in Ludlow, Vermont and connect into the VELCO transmission grid to serve Vermont and the broader New England market.

The $1.2 billion merchant line will be privately financed and will not use taxpayer dollars. The developers of the Clean Power Link are also developing the Champlain Hudson Power Express project.

Current Events

New England Clean Power Link to Create Thousands of Jobs and Spur Millions in New Economic Activity
A new study estimates the proposed transmission project would save New England customers approximately $2 billion over the first 10 years of operation, create approximately 2,000 jobs and generate $400 million annually in new economic activity.

WCAX: A look at the proposed power line under Lake Champlain
A proposed power line under Lake Champlain could bring renewable energy to thousands of Vermonters. The new power line will tap into the power grid in Canada and run 154 miles south to Ludlow.

Portland Press Herald: OK sought for underwater, underground New England power project
An energy project developer formally asked the U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday for approval to build a 1,000-megawatt, underwater and underground power line to bring Canadian power to New England by way of Vermont.

TDI New England Files Presidential Permit Application for the New England Clean Power Link
TDI New England announced it 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.

Vermont Public Radio: Analysis: Vermont As A Power Pathway
Developers of high voltage power lines are starting to stake out routes in Vermont to import electricity from Canada to markets in southern New England. The interest in Vermont as a transmission corridor is unprecedented.

The Times Argus: $1.2B buried power line planned for Vt.
Private developers are proposing a $1.2 billion hydropower transmission line to run 100 miles underneath Lake Champlain from the Canadian border to Benson, then 50 miles east along and below major highway rights-of-way to a planned $200 million converter station in Ludlow.

Vermont Public Radio: Power Surge: Vermont Sees Boom In Transmission Proposals
In Vermont, the project thatís most advanced is the plan to submerge the 1,000 megawatt line under Lake Champlain. Transmission Developers Inc. says the $1.2 billion power line could save Vermont $100 million over ten years in reduced power costs.