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TDI New England Receives Major Regulatory Approval for Clean Power Link

TDI New England (TDI-NE) has received approval from Vermont regulators to move forward with construction of the New England Clean Power Link.

The company said on Dec. 6 that the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued a certificate of public good for the $1.2 billion, 154-mile underwater and underground transmission line, which will originate at the U.S.-Canada border and travel 97 miles underwater down Lake Champlain to Benson, Vt. The transmission line would deliver primarily hydroelectric power from Quebec, Canada, into Vermont and the ISO-New England system.

According to the PSB’s decision, the PSB found that the project will not cause undue adverse environmental impacts and will not have an undue adverse impact on the stability and reliability of the electric system. In addition, the PSB found that the project will promote the general good of the state and will reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions.

TDI-NE said that, with this latest regulatory approval, the project is on track for construction to begin this year, with commercial operation slated for 2019.

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the project. DOE said in the FEIS that its proposed action “is the issuance of a presidential permit that would authorize the construction, operation and maintenance of the project, which would cross the United States–Canada border.” DOE will use the FEIS in its final decision making process on whether it will issue the presidential permit.

TDI-NE recently announced that seven electricity suppliers from Canada and the U.S. have expressed interest in transmitting up to 3,200 MW of power over the 1,000 MW Clean Power Link in response to an open solicitation process conducted by the company.

Lead image: Lighthouse on Lake Champlain. Credit: Shutterstock.