Scott administration lending support to Lake Champlain transmission cable

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The Scott administration is lending its support to a major project to bring renewable electricity from Canada under Lake Champlain to southern New England.

In a letter to Massachusetts regulators, Vermont officials says in the wake of the Northern Pass project's inability to get approval in New Hampshire, the New England Clean Power Link has strong support in Vermont.

The 154-mile cable would run under the lake from Alburgh all the way to Benson, then underground across Vermont to Ludlow where it will connect to a transmission system.

The Vermont Public Utility Commission okayed the $1.2 billion project last year and state officials say it also has all its federal permits.

TDI New England, the company behind the effort, has also pledged millions of dollars for Lake Champlain cleanup efforts. The company hopes to complete the project by 2021.