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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Transmission Line to Link Connecticut and Canada

A Toronto-based transmission line company is proposing a $3.8 billion, 420 mile long underground cable to carry up to 2,000 megawatts of wind and hydroelectric power from southern Quebec to New York City and Fairfield County.

The so-called Champlain-Hudson Power Express would use high voltage direct current cable that would be buried under Lake Champlain, parts of the Hudson River and a portion of Long Island Sound before terminating in Bridgeport Harbor. Officials of the company proposing the project, Transmission Developers Inc., say the line could be operational by 2015.

"New York and New England have growing energy demands that must be addressed and this project will help meet these needs with clean, renewable power," said Donald Jessome, president and chief executive officer of Transmission Developers. "This project brings clean energy into the grid while lowering prices for consumers."

See tomorrow's New Haven Register for more information on this story.


Blogger Steven said...

Calling all electrical engineers. We need a post to explain why transmission cables are a bad idea. Something to do with losing 2 watts of generated power for every 1 watt delivered. Local generation is the logical option. Solar, nuclear, geo-thermal, steam, wind, are all possible local options. Hate to say it but you need to have the generator in your backyard to have the pool in your backyard. Underground power lines are also a challenge if my memory of high school physics is working at all. Something about the magnetic field perpindicular to the direction of travel? Looking forward to an informative assessment of why this is not a great idea.

March 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM 
Anonymous Carol A Overland said...

Thanks for bringing up line loss -- that's a major concern. But don't be so quick to diss undergrounding, check the new AESO report:

March 5, 2010 at 11:38 PM 

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