TDI New England said it has filed a presidential permit application with the Energy Department for a $1.2 billion project it is calling the Clean Power Link. The company hopes to complete the project in 2019.
If approved by regulators, the power line’s route will run from the Canadian border near Alburgh, 3 to 4 feet under Lake Champlain for nearly the entire length of the lake – about 97 miles – and then turn southeasterly at Benson, crossing Rutland County to Ludlow in western Windsor County.
“It’s an all-buried project, which is important to us from a community perspective,” Jessome said. “It’s important to be respectful of the communities we traverse.”
Environmentalists seem to like it, and Northern Pass opponents seem to like it. What if it sailed through permitting with community support, instead of expensive and time consuming opposition?
Transmission developers who whine about the cost of burying transmission need to take a lesson. What's the true cost of opposition?