Construction is beginning in Washington County, NY, on the 339-mile Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line, being developed by Transmission Developers Inc, between Hydro-Québec in Canada and and New York City. The massive power line is expected to be fully operational in the spring of 2026.
Champlain Hudson Power Express is the first of two projects to start construction under a program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The program aims to deliver increased renewable energy to New York City. Once completed, Champlain Hudson Power Express is expected to deliver 1,250 megawatts of hydroelectricity. Its advocates say it will reduce carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons statewide.
The New York State Public Service Commission approved the project’s first Environmental Management and Construction Plan for a 17.6-mile stretch of the transmission route between Putnam east of Lake George and Whitehall at the southern end of Lake Champlain.
The initial stage of construction activities, including site preparation and construction of a laydown yard, will begin near Whitehall, and is anticipated to continue through November 2024. A map of the transmission line can be found here.
Map of planned transmission line provided.