New England Clean Power Link: Project Development Portal

The New England Clean Power Link is a proposed 1,000 MW High Voltage direct current (HVdc) underwater and underground transmission cable 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 Vermont's natural beauty by burying the cable.

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 $1.6 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

Press Release: The New England Clean Power Link Receives Presidential Permit
TDI New England announced today the United States Department of Energy has issued a Presidential Permit for the New England Clean Power Link, a 1,000 MW buried electric transmission line that will connect New England with Eastern Canada. A Presidential Permit is required for the construction, operation and maintenance of electric facilities connecting at the international borders of the United States. Of the more than half dozen proposed transmission lines aimed at importing renewable electricity into the New England market, the New England Clean Power Link is the only project to have obtained all necessary siting permits.

Read the United States Department of Energy press release here.

TDI-NE receives authorization from ISO-NE to interconnect the New England Clean Power Link
TDI-NE secured a critical regulatory authorization today when ISO-New England approved the project’s I.3.9 application. This authorization confirms that the New England Clean Power Link can reliably connect to the regional electric grid. In order to connect to the New England electric grid, all energy projects must obtain this approval from ISO-New England. A copy of the I.39 authorization is available here.

TDI-NE Statement On Passage of “An Act to Promote Energy Diversity” in Massachusetts
“TDI New England is very excited about the passing of this legislation in Massachusetts. This large procurement of clean energy by the Bay State will have profound carbon reduction impacts for New England, as fossil fuel generation is replaced by wind and hydro…”

The White House: Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto share a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. The leaders specifically noted the importance of new transmission, stating, “Collaborating on cross-border transmission projects, including for renewable energy. At least six transmission lines currently proposed or in permitting review, such as the Great Northern Transmission Line, the New England Clean Power Link, and the Nogales Interconnection, would add approximately 5,000 megawatts (MW) of new cross-border transmission capacity”.

Section 231 Certificate of Public Good Issued by VT PSB
The Vermont Public Service Board issued a Section 231 Certificate of Public Good ("CPG") for the New England Clean Power Link on April 14, 2016. This CPG is in addition to the Section 248 CPG that was issued in early January, 2016. The Section 231 CPG concludes that TDI-NE has the technical, operational, and regulatory experience, as well as the financial stability to own and operate the Project within Vermont.

New England Clean Power Link Transmission Line Receives Major Federal Permit
TDI New England today announced that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“the Army Corps”) has issued a federally-required Department of Army permit to the New England Clean Power Link, allowing it to be placed in the waters of the United States along its proposed route.

Boston Globe (Editorial): Hydro power needed to meet state's 2020 carbon goal
For those inclined to see the glass half full, Massachusetts has made enormous strides in reducing its carbon emissions. Coal-fired plants, the worst offenders, are dying out across the Commonwealth. Investments in energy efficiency have lowered demand. The solar panels sprouting up along the Massachusetts Turnpike are only the most visible of the new generation of green technologies feeding power into homes and businesses.

Boston Globe: Rival hydro providers team up to make push for Mass. legislation
Hydroelectric companies will eventually fight with each other for a piece of Massachusetts' power market, but first they are teaming up to make sure they can get significant amounts of their energy into the state at all.

Massachusetts Governor Baker prioritizes hydro in his State of the Commonwealth Address
TDI-NE is pleased to hear the emphasis that Massachusetts Governor Baker placed on importing hydropower into New England in his January 21, 2016 State of the Commonwealth address. After recently receiving siting approval from the State of Vermont, the New England Clean Power Link is poised to provide the crucial link that will enable hydropower to flow into New England by 2020 and assist the region in meeting its aggressive economic and environmental goals.

Contact Us:

TDI New England
PO Box 155
Charlotte, VT 05445
(802) 885-3890

State of Vermont issues VT Siting Permit

The Vermont Public Service Board ("PSB") has issued the project a Certificate of Public Good, the comprehensive state siting approval needed to construct and to operate the project in the state. You can review the certificate here and the Final Order here.