The Government of New York State has started construction of the 339-mile Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line from Hydro-Québec in Canada to New York City (NYC). The project, which is being developed by Transmission Developers, will deliver 1.2 GW of clean energy from Hydro-Québec to NYC. It is anticipated to bring New York State $3.5 billion in economic benefits and 1,400 union jobs during the building phase.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express project is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 37 million metric tonnes over the first ten years of operation. The project will begin with a 17.6-mile stretch across Washington County, which is expected to be the largest section of the transmission line. In 2026, the transmission line is anticipated to be finished. Once finished, it will be able to transport clean energy that can power one million homes in New York state. The project will also expedite the state’s progress in achieving its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal, which involves sourcing 70 per cent of all its electricity from renewable assets by 2030.
In July 2022, the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting granted a siting permit to US-based renewable energy company Hecate Energy for its Cider Solar Farm. The 500 MW solar farm, which spans about 3,000 acres across the towns of Elba and Oakfield, is claimed to be the largest solar energy project in New York State.