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Planned underground power line rerouted around Schenectady

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ALBANY — The location of the $2 billion power line to be built from Canada to New York City has been slightly changed in several places along its 330-mile route, including in Schenectady County.

 The Champlain Hudson Power Express will be built entirely underground and underwater, and will carry 1 gigawatt of electricity when it is complete, most of it generated by hydropower plants.

The New York state Public Service Commission approved construction in April 2013 and approved the route modification Thursday. Work is expected to begin in 2021.

The more than seven-year gap from approval to start has been due to the logistics of setting such a large project in motion, developer Transmission Developers Inc.

Jennifer Laird-White, TDI’s vice president of external affairs said via email: “Large, complex clean energy transmission projects like the Champlain Hudson Power Express take time and require the involvement of regulators, community stakeholders, energy suppliers and customers. The project’s development and construction schedule has been driven by these factors.”

The company said the project would create more than 2,000 construction jobs.

The PSC on Thursday approved seven changes totaling about 5.8 miles of the transmission line, which will be a 6-inch buried cable.

In the Capital Region, the line will be relocated away from Erie Boulevard in downtown Schenectady, where there has been significant recent development activity. To accomplish this, the line will be redirected in Glenville, Rotterdam and Scotia, mainly along railroad rights-of-way.

Also, in Bethlehem, the line will be redirected to roadway and railroad rights-of-way to avoid the Selkirk railyards.

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