The ITC Lake Erie Connector, introduced to county residents last year, is an underwater high voltage DC cable to be run from Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada to Erie County, PA. It will consist of two high voltage DC cables, +/- 320 kV (320,000 volts DC). It travels 72 miles underwater, 7 miles underground from landfall west of Erie Bluffs Park to a new +/- 320 kV HVDC converter station (converts the +/- 320 kv Direct Current to 345 kV Alternating Current) in Conneaut Township, where the 345 kV AC then runs 2153 feet underground to the Erie West Penelec substation. The project connects the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) grid in Canada with the PJM Interconnection grid in the USA.
The documents are available now and the public is invited to examine them and make comments.
Public notice of the comment period:
Notice of availability Lake Erie Connector Project Draft Environmental Assessment The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating whether to issue a Presidential permit to ITC Lake Erie Connector, LLC (applicant) to construct, operate and maintain a new electric transmission line across the U.S.-Canada border in Lake Erie, Pennsylvania.
DOE prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of issuing a Presidential permit to the applicant. The draft EA is available for review on the following website: www.lakeerieconnectorea.com. DOE encourages your participation in this process.
Public comments on the draft EA will be accepted through July 5, 2016. Comments on the draft EA can be submitted in writing to Mr. Brian Mills at: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585; via e-mail to Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov; by facsimile to (202) 586-8008; or through the project website at http://www.lakeerieconnectorea.com (preferred method). Envelopes and the subject line of e-mails should be labeled “LEC Draft EA Comments.” All comments received on or before July 5, 2016 will be considered in preparation of the final EA
Interesting note: The entire PA portion of the cable project runs through the area currently proposed for the Lake Erie Quadrangle National Marine Sanctuary.
Because of the hundreds of pages in the documents covering the details of this project, it might cause some readers to be overwhelmed, especially with the large volume of technical information within them. Some promoters of the Lake Erie Connector might consider that a feature, not a bug.
There is a lot to take in here and we’ll be going over the documents to summarize what we find, but we thought it was important to put this information out now so you could get a closer look right away.