Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    New York Governor Announces Construction of Converter Station for Hydro-Quebec Project

    New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the commencement of construction on the converter station for the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line. This project aims to bring Canadian hydropower to New York City, providing clean and renewable energy to the city.

    The transmission line, spanning 340 miles (547 km), will transport electricity from Quebec, Canada, to Queens, New York City. Developed by Hydro-Quebec and Transmission Developers, Inc., the project is a collaboration between the Canadian public utility and its U.S. partner.

    The converter station, which is part of the transmission line, is a significant milestone in New York City’s mission to transition to zero-emission facilities. It will be the first-ever transformation of a fossil fuel site into a grid-scale facility that produces clean energy.

    Expected to begin operations in 2026, the converter station will convert 1,250 megawatts of clean energy from direct current to alternating current power. This power will then be seamlessly integrated into the state’s power grid, contributing to New York’s renewable energy goals.

    Governor Hochul highlighted the importance of renewable energy in facilitating the transformation of the power grid and creating a cleaner environment for future generations. This project aligns with New York State’s target to generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

    By investing in projects like the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line, New York City is taking significant steps towards reducing its carbon footprint and embracing sustainable energy solutions. The converter station’s construction marks a crucial milestone in the city’s transition to clean energy.

    Source: Reuters