The Vermont Public Service Board approved a large electric transmission project by TDI-NE that would be installed underground and under Lake Champlain. The project will deliver up to 1000 MW of power (roughly equal to the output from one very large coal-fired plant) from Canadian hydropower and Canadian renewable energy resources to Southern New England.
You can read the decision here.
This is a very large energy project for the region. The fact that the project will run entirely underground or under water reduces visual and other impacts, which went a long way toward securing the support of local communities. The project approval also includes conditions – many that are part of a Conservation Law Foundation settlement – that will provide funding for Lake Champlain clean up and increasing renewable power in Vermont.
The experience of the TDI-NE project shows the value of large energy projects carefully evaluating and responsibly addressing community and environmental impacts.
It can be done.
We still don’t know precisely what the energy supply on the line will look like. But, with proposals for oversized, polluting natural gas pipelines in Vermont and the region facing strong opposition, and as more new transmission projects are being planned and developed, TDI-NE sets an important example of a transmission project that successfully meets high standards for our environment, our people, and our communities.