1 Oct 2014 02:08 PM EST
-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: Sign for the Department of Energy (Image Source: JSquish via Wikimedia Commons)
The Department of Energy has approved the building of a power line that will span between Quebec and New York City.
The project has been in development since 2008, and while some final permit details remain to be worked out, it is cleared to proceed as soon as that is taken care of.
The 330-mile line will carry hydroelectric power from Canada to the Consolidated Edison in New York City, providing the city with a cheaper power alternative. Thanks to the Canadian power, New Yorkers will be saving two to three percent on their electric bills. According to some estimates, the savings may reach as far as Long Island and Albany. Savings are not the only benefit the project will have: it will create an estimated 300 jobs.
The project will be to build a 1,000-megawatt Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line. It will run under Lake Champlain, through sections of the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers, and under railroads.
The Quebec - New York power line may also help the city rely less on Indian Point nuclear power plant, a 2,000-megawatt plant that provides about a fourth of the power to NYC and Westchester County. On the other hand, some opposition argues that the line will compete with existing New York power companies.
The Department of Energy stated, via Burlington Free Press, that clearing the power line project was “based on consideration of the potential environmental impacts, impacts on the reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system under normal and contingency conditions, and the favorable recommendations of the U.S. Departments of State and Defense.”