New England’s clean energy future received a big boost Thursday as three experienced organizations filed a proposal to diversify the region’s energy supply, adding clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposal, dubbed “The Wind and Hydro Response,” is designed to fit the request by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for more clean energy to help fuel the region’s future growth.
Invenergy will deliver its renewable energy to the ISO New England bulk transmission system through the Vermont Green Line. Hydro-Québec, North America’s largest generator of hydropower, will supplement these deliveries to ensure that a firm block of clean, renewable energy is delivered around the clock.
“Invenergy works to solve the energy challenges that face our communities and we are proud to work with Hydro-Québec, Anbaric and National Grid on this exciting opportunity in New England,” said Invenergy’s Vice President of Development, Kevin Parzyck. “Combining wind generation with firming hydro will positively transform energy supply in the region.”
The Vermont Green Line is being developed by Anbaric and National Grid, which joined forces in 2014 to develop transmission lines to bring renewable energy into New England.
Their alliance created the Vermont Green Line, a proposed 60-mile, 400 MW electric transmission cable system designed to link Beekmantown, New York with New Haven, Vermont via a cable to be buried along public roadways and submerged beneath the waters of Lake Champlain.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 10,300 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities both in the U.S. and abroad, and now proposes to build a new wind generation facility for this project— the Bull Run Energy Center.
The company has developed and commissioned 64 wind farms across the United States and in Canada and Europe, totalling over 5,444 MW, and another 1,265 MW of wind projects is either under contract or under construction. This new wind project, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Plattsburgh, NY, could deliver up to 400 MW.
The wind energy would be supplemented with hydropower supplied over the existing transmission grid by Hydro-Québec. The company will supply “The Wind and Hydro Response” up to 400 MW of new, verified hydropower generated by its Québec hydropower stations.
The Vermont Green Line will deliver enough clean electricity to power 400,000 homes and is expected to save New England energy customers $500 million, according to a study released last fall.
“Our collaborative effort advances New England’s transition to clean energy,” said Edward Krapels, CEO of Anbaric.
“We believe that our combined track record of success will prove to be a clear differentiator as we submit our response to the Clean Energy Request for Proposals from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Krapels added.