Champlain Hudson Power Express Permitting

Benthic sampling
Marine scientists conduct benthic sampling of the Hudson River.
Area of proposed marine route
Seventy percent of the transmission line will be submarine cable buried in Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.
Marine route survey data analysis.
Marine route survey data analysis.
Marine route survey of the Hudson River.
Marine route survey of the Hudson River.
Transmission Developers, Inc.
Quebec to New York City, New York, USA

The Champlain Hudson Power Express will supply up to 1,000-MW of clean power to New York by 2017. The line will be a High Voltage direct current (HVdc) cable that will be placed in waterways or buried along railway routes to minimize impacts to local communities and the environment. As is the case with any project of its scale and scope, the Champlain Hudson Power Express is undergoing thorough regulatory reviews conducted by a variety of federal and state agencies and authorities.

HDR is helping move the project forward through environmental permitting milestones, including development of an Environmental Impact Statement and project Administrative Record. A marine route survey was completed under an accelerated time schedule. One critical factor in meeting the ambitious deadline was the accelerated turnaround time of benthic samples analyzed.

The permitting process remains on track with a goal of achieving all needed federal and state permits by the end of 2013, while enjoying wide support from environmental groups, business interests, labor groups and other stakeholders.