About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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  1. upstater says

    Unfortunately conservation is not a major focus of the Cuomo PSC. The idea is sell more energy delivered on toll roads like the CHPE line developed by well-connected private equity vultures. I’m all for renewables… whatever happened to the New York Power Authority that seemed to be able to develop renewables 60 years ago for public benefit and ownership.

    • Tom Paine says

      The same people who scream about destroying the Adirondack Park are strangely silent. Oh, that’s right it is going to keep NYC in power. How many windmills and solar farms have you seen south of Albany and of the coast? NIMBYISM abounds.

  2. SusannaDanna says

    Disturbing 100 miles of Lake Champlain’s lake bottom and its ecology seems pretty bad to me. The environment will take generations to recover.

    • MikeT says

      Generations ? Really ? In ten years you probably won’t be able to even see where the cable is. Or would an oil pipeline be better?

  3. James Huss says

    10,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year is 1 with 13 zeros Watts

    10,000,000,000,000 Watts / 8760 hours per year = 1,141,552,511 Watts
    per hour = 1,141 Mega Watts per hour, the industry standard for measuring
    electrical power.

    The line from Châteauguay, Quebec to Marcy NY carries 3,000 Mega Watts
    per hour, this line is owned by the New York Power Authority.

    The peak load in NY is about 33,000 Mega Watts, the NY limit of production
    and import is about 36,000.

    Thus, in the summer on a hot sticky August week when NYC air-conditioning
    is roaring the potential for a blackout is at its peak. The loss of generation
    or line can cause events to happen that cannot be stopped. That is how the
    last blackout occurred.

    The average cost of a Mega Watt is as low as $2 at Niagara but can spike up
    to $50 for an area like NYC at peak demand.

    On average $10 is a safe number to use, 8760 hours per year x $10 x 1000MW
    (The 1,141MW theoretical) will yield about $88 million dollars in revenue.

    $4,000,000,000 / $88,000,000 = 45 years with no interest costs calculated in
    to pay off the capital expense.

    The only way to make this work is to drastically increase the cost to consumer.

  4. Plow boy says

    a map showing the path this line would follow when on land and in the PARK would have made article more relevant.

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