Union, Nuke Operator Say No To $2B Blackstone Power Line

By Pete Brush (March 30, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT) -- Entergy Corp., which runs the 2,000-megawatt Indian Point nuclear plant, and a utility workers' union concerned about potential use of nonunion labor came out swinging Friday against Blackstone Group LP's proposed $2 billion Canada-to-New York City power line.

New York's International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 97 told the state's Public Service Commission that the 1,000-megawatt Champlain Hudson Power Express project planned by Transmission Developers Inc., which is owned by private equity giant Blackstone, bypasses the state's existing electric grid and will therefore harm it by sapping its financial resources.

"Local 97 believes that a western and central New York transmission...

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