Project Name:  Transmission Line NEPA Analysis

Summary: 3rd party contractor to prepare EIS for Presidential Permit

Client: U.S. Department of Energy

Project Location: Vermont

Project Size: 154 mile transmission corridor from Canada to Ludlow, VT

Services Provided:
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • NEPA Public Scoping Process
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Direct, Indirect and Cumulative Effects Analysis
  • Record of Decision

Project Timeframe: 2014 - Present

Client Needs:
TDI-New England (TDI–NE) seeks a Presidential Permit from the Department of Energy (DOE) to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line across the U.S.-Canada border in northern Vermont. The proposed project is approximately 154 miles long and is proposed to be buried under Lake Champlain for approximately 98 miles, and then buried underground for the remainder of the project. Obtaining a Presidential Permit is a federal action requiring DOE approval.
Kleinschmidt Solution:
Kleinschmidt was selected to serve as a 3rd party contractor to DOE to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), coordinate public involvement, facilitate subject matter expert (SME) meetings, develop the reasonable action alternatives, address connected actions, and develop the Draft and Final EIS, Record of Decision and administrative record for the DOE. To date, Kleinschmidt has hosted scoping meetings, prepared the Scoping Report, and is working on the Draft EIS.
Client Benefits:
Kleinschmidt is providing NEPA expertise to keep the project on schedule and on budget while providing multiple opportunities for public input. Kleinschmidt’s multidisciplinary team of technical experts includes wetland, wildlife and aquatic biologists, engineers, facilitators and regulatory/process experts that allow the project to be completed without requiring multiple contractors.