“Today’s historic decision by the Public Service Commission is a game-changer for New York’s transition away from fossil fuels,” Doreen Harris, president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, said in the statement.
The Champlain Hudson line was approved despite the objections of environmental group Riverkeeper, which had once supported the project.
In a statement Thursday, Riverkeeper President Tracy Brown said the group was “disappointed” in the commission’s decision and would continue advocating that rivers “are not unnecessarily sacrificed in the essential rapid transition to clean energy.”
The Champlain Hudson line will carry 1,250 megawatts of electricity from hydropower facilities in Canada owned by Hydro-Quebec, enough for more than 1 million New York homes.
“This decision has New York State and Quebec taking one giant step together towards climate progress with a project that is a model for equitable clean energy infrastructure,” Hydro-Quebec Chief Executive Officer Sophie Brochu said in an emailed statement from Transmission Developers Inc., the Blackstone-backed company behind the power line.