NY Power Proposal

WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York's Public Service Commission has approved a plan to build an electricity transmission line from Canada to New York City.

A key lawmaker on energy policy says a company planning to run a transmission line to send New York City lower-cost Canadian electricity will also explore sharing that line with upstate utilities.

Meanwhile, western New York Republicans are criticizing the plan for the line under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, saying upstate energy production should be expanded before relying on Canadian power.

More than a dozen New York senators in the Republican majority are opposing a plan to bring hydropower from Quebec to New York City.

The 13 Republicans and one senator from the Independent Democratic Conference say the 330-mile power line would end up sending jobs from the state. They also say it will make New York even more reliant on other countries for energy at the expense of its own power industry.