Oct. 4, 2023 By Bill Parry
The Canadian hydroelectric company that is constructing a $6 million clean energy transmission line to a converter station in Astoria is also building a strong bond with the western Queens community.
During a visit to a school near the Astoria Houses last winter, Hydro-Quebec Energy Services COO Serge Abergel saw a bulletin board that addressed the impact of absenteeism at the elementary school and, weeks later, he helped launch a new initiative to ensure students could focus on school rather than worrying about their clothes. The early results were so encouraging that Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) and Zone 126 are already expanding the program that provides free laundry service for western Queens families in need. After just three months the program showed a 12% increase in school attendance for participating students.