Posted on October 12th, 2018 by

Developer fully committed to advancing clean energy project

MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 12, 2018) – Today Eversource issued the following statement regarding the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s decision related to Northern Pass:

The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s decision to accept our appeal is a positive step in our ongoing efforts to move this critical clean energy project forward, and we are grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate that New Hampshire siting requirements were misinterpreted and incorrectly applied in reviewing Northern Pass. With the need for new sources of clean, affordable energy in New England greater than ever, Northern Pass continues to stand alone as the most advanced project to bring low-cost, clean energy into the region. On behalf of all our customers and businesses throughout the region in desperate need of rate relief, we remain fully committed to advancing Northern Pass, along with its many economic and environmental benefits, to help New Hampshire and New England address our energy needs and achieve our environmental goals.

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower.  This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.  To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us

 Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
William Hinkle
603-634-2228
william.hinkle@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


Posted on August 10th, 2018 by

Developer fully committed to advancing clean energy project

MANCHESTER, N.H. (August 10, 2018) – Northern Pass Transmission, LLC (NPT) today filed an appeal to the NH Supreme Court challenging a recent decision by the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) denying a permit to build the proposed clean energy project. Northern Pass proponents believe that a favorable court ruling will enable the project to return to the SEC for further review in 2019.

“The need for new sources of clean energy in New England to meet customers’ demand for electricity is greater than ever, with continued retirements of older nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants, particularly during winter months when natural gas supplies are needed for home heating,” noted Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “While a few significant regional projects are moving forward that will help fill this growing energy supply need, they are in the early stages of permitting. In contrast, Northern Pass has already secured most of the permits required to begin construction. We remain fully committed to making this important clean energy project a reality for customers in New Hampshire and the region.”

Northern Pass will provide New Hampshire with more than $3 billion in job, tax, and other economic and environmental benefits. It remains the most advanced clean energy project in the region, having received all major permits from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments after years of rigorous review, as well as approvals from other New Hampshire permitting agencies.

On February 1, the SEC abruptly ended its review of the Northern Pass application having deliberated on only two of the four required statutory criteria and without having considered mitigating conditions proposed by NPT and others. On April 27, NPT filed a Motion for Rehearing of the SEC’s decision denying Northern Pass’ application. The appeal to the NH Supreme Court follows the SEC’s July 12 written ruling denying NPT’s Motion for Rehearing.

Northern Pass has received the following approvals:

Federal Approvals

  • DOE Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOE Record of Decision
  • Presidential Permit
  • U.S. Forest Service Final Record of Decision

State Approvals

  • NH Department of Environmental Services
    • Wetland final decision
    • Shoreland Protection final decision
    • Alteration of Terrain final decision
    • Section 401 Water Quality certificate
  • NH Department of Transportation
  • NH PUC Authorization to Commence Business as a Public Utility
  • NH PUC Authorization to Cross Public Lands and Waters
  • NH PUC Approval of PSNH Lease

Canadian Approvals

  • Québec Provincial Permit
  • Canadian National Energy Board

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The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
Martin Murray
603-634-2228
martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


Posted on July 12th, 2018 by

MANCHESTER, N.H. (July 12, 2018) – Eversource officials remain committed to the Northern Pass project following today’s final written order issued by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) denying the project’s motion for rehearing. The company intends to pursue all available options to bring this important project forward.

“The energy challenges facing New Hampshire and New England are significantly impacting our residents and businesses,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “With virtually all major permits in place, Northern Pass stands alone as the most mature project that can deliver low cost, clean energy into the region. We intend to pursue every option to bring this project to fruition – a project that will help lower energy costs for customers, diversify our energy supply, and lower carbon emissions.”

Northern Pass will provide New Hampshire with $3 billion in job, tax, and other benefits, and remains the most advanced clean energy project in the region. The project has received all major permits from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments after years of rigorous review, as well as approvals from all state permitting agencies.

Northern Pass has received the following approvals:

Federal Approvals

  • DOE Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOE Record of Decision
  • Presidential Permit
  • U.S. Forest Service Final Record of Decision

State Approvals

  • NH Department of Environmental Services
    • Wetland final decision
    • Shoreland Protection final decision
    • Alteration of Terrain final decision
    • Section 401 Water Quality certificate
  • NH Department of Transportation
  • NH PUC Authorization to Commence Business as a Public Utility
  • NH PUC Authorization to Cross Public Lands and Waters
  • NH PUC Approval of PSNH Lease

Canadian Approvals

  • Québec Provincial Permit
  • Canadian National Energy Board

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
Martin Murray
603-634-2228
martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


Posted on May 24th, 2018 by

Project will explore all options for making important clean energy project a reality

MANCHESTER, N.H. (May 24, 2018) – Northern Pass officials expressed disappointment in today’s decision by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to reject its motion asking the SEC to reconsider its denial of a siting certificate, particularly in light of the recent N.H. Supreme Court decision emphasizing the importance of lowering customers’ energy costs.

“We intend to pursue all options for making this critical clean energy project a reality, along with the many economic and environmental benefits for New Hampshire and the region. This opportunity to significantly lower energy costs for customers should be given great weight,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “Large infrastructure projects of this scale often face challenges during the siting process, and we will continue to work with all of the stakeholders to present a project that receives New Hampshire’s approval.”

Northern Pass remains the most advanced clean energy project in the region, having received all major permits from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments after years of rigorous review, as well as approvals from all state permitting agencies.

“Northern Pass is particularly important now, given New England’s critical need for new, diverse sources of clean energy to meet customers’ electricity demands, especially during winter months,” said Quinlan. “With nearly all major approvals in hand, Northern Pass is well-positioned to help New Hampshire and New England address these serious energy needs and achieve the region’s ambitious environmental goals.”

Northern Pass has received the following approvals:

Federal Approvals

  • DOE Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOE Record of Decision
  • Presidential Permit
  • U.S. Forest Service Final Record of Decision

State Approvals

  • NH Department of Environmental Services
    • Wetland final decision
    • Shoreland Protection final decision
    • Alteration of Terrain final decision
    • Section 401 Water Quality certificate
  • NH Department of Transportation
  • NH PUC Authorization to Commence Business as a Public Utility
  • NH PUC Authorization to Cross Public Lands and Waters
  • NH PUC Approval of PSNH Lease

Canadian Approvals

  • Québec Provincial Permit
  • Canadian National Energy Board

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Other perspectives:

Jim Roche, President, Business & Industry Association

“New Hampshire’s electric energy prices are 50–60% above the national average, year-round. This not only hurts the competitiveness of our businesses, especially manufacturers who drive the state’s economy, but it also hurts our overall economy as employers look beyond New England for lower cost energy. Grid operator ISO New England continues to highlight energy supply risks for our region, which could lead to rolling blackouts. This situation – high rates and supply risks – demands immediate attention. Clean energy projects like Northern Pass offer significant, positive economic benefits for New Hampshire and are critical to helping address our energy challenges.”

Brian Murphy, Business Manager, IBEW Local 104

“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers remains disappointed at many levels in the review process that took place at the NH Site Evaluation Committee, and we are encouraged that Eversource is continuing to pursue this project through a NH Supreme Court appeal. The Northern Pass transmission project remains a critical need for our region, and we look forward to continuing to work toward the goal of seeing the Northern Pass project completed.”


The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
Martin Murray
603-634-2228
martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


Posted on April 27th, 2018 by

Committee asked to give full consideration to proposed solution

Northern Pass officials today asked the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee to reconsider its denial of the project’s application. In its motion filed today, the project emphasized the SEC’s responsibility to thoroughly evaluate the comprehensive solution proposed by Northern Pass and discharge the committee’s legal obligation to consider all criteria by which an application is to be measured. The SEC is expected to deliberate on the project’s motion on May 24.

“We have presented to the SEC a solution that fully addresses the issues they pointed to in their order denying the permit,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “The solution is a comprehensive set of commitments and conditions, many of which were proposed by Counsel for the Public, that can be imposed to address the SEC’s concerns.”

The SEC on February 1 abruptly ended deliberations on Northern Pass’ application after two-and-a-half days, with no consideration of conditions that were proposed by the project and others, and having voted on just two of the four required statutory criteria.

Key Commitments

In its original SEC application, Northern Pass contemplated the need to further economic development, tourism, community investment and clean energy innovation, and these are the four focus areas for its $200 million Forward NH Fund. Key commitments highlighted by the project include the following specific allocations from the Fund:

  • $25 million to address property value impacts in affected communities
  • $25 million for promoting tourism and recreation in the affected areas
  • $25 million for economic development in host communities to address local impacts

In addition, the proposed commitments include:

  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in the downtown areas of both Plymouth and Franconia to reduce construction impacts to businesses and residents
  • Energy cost benefits for business and low-income customers from the sale of clean energy attributes (up to $300 million)
  • Transmission upgrades in the North Country to promote existing (400MW) and new small-scale renewable generation ($50 million)
  • Dedicated funding for the North Country Job Creation Fund to support economic development and job growth ($7.5 million)
  • Public interest program funding to advance energy efficiency programs for customers ($20 million)
  • Right-of-way lease benefits that will lower customers’ transmission costs and advance distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicle initiatives ($30 million)
  • The unallocated balance of the $200 million in the Forward NH Fund is available to the SEC for further conditions ($100M)

NP_SEC_Key_Conditions_Chart

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Northern Pass has received the following approvals:

State Approvals

  • NH Department of Environmental Services
    • Wetland final decision
    • Shoreland Protection final decision
    • Alteration of Terrain final decision
    • Section 401 Water Quality certificate
  • NH Department of Transportation
  • NH PUC Authorization to Commence Business as a Public Utility
  • NH PUC Authorization to Cross Public Lands and Waters
  • NH PUC Approval of PSNH Lease

Federal Approvals

  • DOE Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOE Record of Decision
  • Presidential Permit
  • U.S. Forest Service Final Record of Decision

Canadian Approvals

  • Québec Provincial Permit
  • Canadian National Energy Board

Three Approvals Remain

  • NH Site Evaluation Committee – Certificate of Site and Facility
  • U.S. Forest Service Special Use Permit (draft issued; final permit expected soon)
  • U.S. Army Corps Section 404 Permit (expected following issuance of SEC permit)

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower.  This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.  To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us. 

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:

Martin Murray

603-634-2228

martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods

603-634-2418

kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


Posted on March 30th, 2018 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee today issued its final written decision, denying the Northern Pass project’s siting application. Our statement on the NH SEC’s written order and the project’s path forward is below.

Today’s written order issued by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee allows the siting process to move forward.  We will take the time necessary to carefully review the order, and expect to soon be filing for rehearing.  As we’ve stated previously, the SEC’s decision-making process failed to comply with New Hampshire law and did not reflect the substantial evidence on the record.  As a result, the most viable near-term solution to the region’s energy challenges, as well as $3 billion of NH job, tax, and other benefits, have been further delayed.  We will continue to review all options for moving this critical clean energy project forward.


Posted on March 28th, 2018 by

The following is our statement regarding today’s decision by the Electric Distribution Companies. We remain committed to the success of the project, and will pursue all options for making it a reality.

 

We understand today’s decision by the Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) to terminate the conditional selection of the Northern Pass Transmission hydro proposal, given the status of the New Hampshire permitting process.  Despite recent delays, we continue to believe that Northern Pass is the best project for the region and New Hampshire, and we intend to pursue all options for making it a reality.

Eversource and Hydro-Québec remain committed to the success of the project.  No other project has obtained the necessary approvals from federal permitting authorities in the U.S. and Canada, and secured agreements with major contractors and the IBEW.

It is because of these achievements that Northern Pass was originally selected as the top bid in the Massachusetts Clean Energy solicitation.

While the decision by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee has caused delay, we will continue to urge its members to fully evaluate the required statutory criteria, as well as thoroughly consider all of the conditions that could provide the basis for granting approval.

At a time when the region needs new and diverse sources of clean energy, it is vitally important that projects like Northern Pass are considered fully and efficiently and without unnecessary delay.

Northern Pass has received the following approvals:

State Approvals

  • Department of Environmental Services
    • Wetland final decision
    • Shoreland Protection final decision
    • Alteration of Terrain final decision
    • Section 401 Water Quality certificate
  • Department of Transportation
  • PUC Authorization to Commence Business as a Public Utility
  • PUC Authorization to Cross Public Lands and Waters
  • PUC Approval of PSNH Lease

Federal Approvals

  • DOE Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOE Record of Decision
  • Presidential Permit
  • U.S. Forest Service Final Record of Decision

Canadian Approvals

  • Québec Provincial Permit
  • Canadian National Energy Board

Three Approvals Remain

  • NH Site Evaluation Committee – Certificate of Site and Facility
  • U.S. Forest Service Special Use Permit (draft issued; final permit expected soon)
  • U.S. Army Corps Section 404 Permit (expected following issuance of SEC permit)

Posted on March 12th, 2018 by

The N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) today voted to suspend its oral decision. Our statement is below.

We understand the SEC’s decision to suspend its February 1st oral decision, pending issuance of a written order.

We hope it is an indication that the SEC will evaluate the required statutory criteria, as well as thoroughly consider all of the conditions that could provide the basis for granting approval.  At a time when the region needs new and diverse sources of clean energy, it is vitally important that projects like Northern Pass are considered fully and efficiently and without unnecessary delay. 

Northern Pass is the most advanced clean energy project in the region, having received all major permits from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments after years of rigorous review, as well as approvals from all state permitting agencies other than the SEC (e.g., DOT, DES, DHR, PUC).   It is well-positioned to help New Hampshire and New England address critical energy needs and clean energy goals.

 


Posted on March 6th, 2018 by

National Energy Board approves Hydro-Québec permit

The Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) project is now fully permitted on the Canadian side of the border, following the approval by the National Energy Board, Canada’s independent federal regulatory agency.  NPT is the only project of its kind in New England with Canadian permits in-hand.  In December, after two years of review, the Province of Québec granted Hydro-Québec (HQ) a permit to construct the hydroelectric transmission line that will connect with the NPT project at the U.S. border.

At the federal level in the U.S., NPT has been awarded a Presidential Permit, allowing the project to connect to the HQ system at the international border.  Regarding state permitting, the project has recently filed with the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee requesting the committee vacate its recent decision and resume deliberations. The motion outlines a comprehensive set of commitments that could provide the basis for granting conditional approval.

NPT also has formal contracts with suppliers and a Project Labor Agreement with construction managers and labor unions.

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Hydro-Québec press release:

Montréal, March 6, 2018

National Energy Board approves Québec–New Hampshire interconnection project

The National Energy Board (NEB) has granted Hydro-Québec a permit to build and operate its Québec–New Hampshire international power transmission line. With this last main permit in hand, construction of this major infrastructure with a view to increasing hydropower exports to New England can now begin in Québec.

The Québec–New Hampshire interconnection project, also known as the Northern Pass, is a 320-kV DC transmission line some 80 km long, which will be extended into the U.S. to connect Des Cantons substation in Val-Joli to Franklin substation in southern New Hampshire.

Both NEB and Québec government permits were required because it is an international transmission line.

Approval was obtained after a public consultation process organized by Hydro-Québec in cooperation with the host community. The process of obtaining permits from the various provincial and federal authorities included several steps:

  • Hearings held by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement [board of public environmental hearings]
  • A review by the Régie de l’énergie [Québec energy board]
  • Three public comment periods under the aegis of the NEB
  • Submission of Hydro-Québec’s responses to over 20 sets of questions passed on by the various federal and provincial authorities
  • Many undertakings, chiefly respecting environmental matters

In a news release of February 16, 2018, Massachusetts announced that negotiations with a view to reaching an agreement on the Northern Pass project would continue until March 27, 2018, and that it would at the same time enter into negotiations respecting the New England Clean Energy Connect project, with the same deadline.

Contact

Media and Public Affairs
Hydro-Québec
514-289-5005

Link to press release: http://news.hydroquebec.com/en/press-releases/1334/national-energy-board-approves-quebecnew-hampshire-interconnection-project/

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NP Permitting Status


Posted on February 28th, 2018 by

Supporters say project deserves full consideration and urges committee to pursue solution

MANCHESTER, N.H. (February 28, 2018) – Northern Pass officials today filed a motion with the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) requesting the committee vacate its recent decision and resume deliberations on the proposed project. The motion outlines a comprehensive set of commitments that could provide the basis for granting conditional approval.

“We appreciate the time and effort invested by the SEC members in reviewing Northern Pass,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “Given the urgent need for cleaner, more affordable energy in the region, it is important that we present for consideration a solution that addresses the legitimate concerns raised during deliberations. We are hopeful that the SEC will focus on the comprehensive set of commitments that would establish a constructive path toward a resolution.”

The solution presented by Northern Pass is comprised of conditions received from New Hampshire state agencies (DOT, DES, DHR, PUC*) that have approved the Project and conditions agreed to with Counsel for the Public, the statutory representative of the New Hampshire public interest. Additionally, Northern Pass presents examples of additional conditions the SEC could impose to address specific concerns expressed during its deliberations. Project proponents representing communities, businesses, and workers joined Northern Pass in encouraging the SEC to thoroughly evaluate the solution offered by Northern Pass, as well as the $3 billion in benefits the project will bring to the Granite State.

Key Commitments

In its original SEC application, Northern Pass contemplated the need to further economic development, tourism, community investment and clean energy innovation, and these are the four focus areas for its $200 million Forward NH Fund. Key commitments highlighted in today’s motion include the following specific allocations from the Fund:

  • $25 million to address property value impacts in affected communities
  • $25 million for promoting tourism and recreation in the affected areas
  • $25 million for economic development in host communities to address local impacts
    In addition, the proposed commitments include:
  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in the downtown areas of both Plymouth and Franconia to reduce construction impacts to businesses and residents
  • Energy cost benefits for business and low-income customers from the sale of clean energy attributes (up to $300 million)
  • Transmission upgrades in the North Country to promote existing (400MW) and new small-scale renewable generation ($50 million)
  • Dedicated funding for the North Country Job Creation Fund to support economic development and job growth ($7.5 million)
  • Public interest program funding to advance energy efficiency programs for customers ($20 million)
  • Right-of-way lease benefits that will lower customers’ transmission costs and advance distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicle initiatives ($30 million)
  • The unallocated balance of the $200 million in the Forward NH Fund is available to the SEC for further conditions ($100M)

For a complete list of conditions included in today’s motion, see Attachments A, B & C (corrected version – letter to SEC).

For a chart of key benefits from today’s motion, click here.

For a list of quotes in support of today’s motion, click here.

What is at Stake for New Hampshire and the Region

Northern Pass stands to provide $3 billion in economic and environmental benefits to New Hampshire. Benefits include:

  • $30 million in additional New Hampshire state and local tax revenue annually
  • $62 million annual energy cost savings for New Hampshire consumers
  • Approximately $600 million annual reduction in the region’s wholesale energy costs
  • 2,600 jobs for New Hampshire during peak construction
  • A reduction in regional carbon emissions by more than 3 million tons per year

Northern Pass has received rigorous environmental reviews and approvals from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as several New Hampshire state agencies, which confirmed many positive aspects of the project, including the route selection, environmental and economic benefits, and the much-needed large, new, reliable, clean source of power Northern Pass would bring to the regional energy mix.

  • Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Historical Resources, Public Utilities Commission

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
Martin Murray
603-634-2228
martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com