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U.S. regulators approve Canada-Astoria power line

Aug. 13, 2014 By Michael Florio

The developers of a $2.2 billion high-voltage power line that would carry clean energy from Canada into Astoria have cleared a major hurdle.

The U.S. Department of Energy released its final environmental impact statement this month for the Champlain Hudson Power Express, clearing the way for a Presidential Permit to be issued to allow the project to go forward.

The plan calls for the construction of a 333-mile-long cable that would be placed in waterways and under railroad lines from Quebec to a Con Ed converter station in Astoria, near 20th Ave.

State Senator Michael Gianaris said he was pleased the project is on track.

“Western Queens has long shouldered the burden of producing electricity for our city, and we’ve suffered from the health consequences from the resulting pollution,” he said. “This project will provide cleaner energy for our city without adding smokestacks to our skyline.”

The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in 2017, and will deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Quebec to the New York City grid. Construction will begin this fall.

Up to 60 percent of the New York City’s power supply comes from power plants in Astoria. Most of them are old fossil fuel plants, which pollute the air and create a health risk for local residents, experts say.

The new power supply should reduce the need for power generated by fossil fuels.

Up to 60 percent of the New York City’s power supply comes from power plants in Astoria. Most of them are old fossil fuel plants, which pollute the air and create a health risk for local residents, experts say.

The new power supply should reduce the need for power generated by fossil fuels.

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