Posted on May 20th, 2016 by

Northern Pass Forward NH Fund Tapped to Support Tourism Initiative

LANCASTER, N.H. (May 20, 2016) – A state of the art electric vehicle (EV) “Fast Charger” station has been installed at Rogers Campground in Coös County and is now available for public use. The fast charger, the first to be located in New Hampshire’s North Country, was purchased and installed with a grant from the Northern Pass Transmission project “Forward New Hampshire Fund.”

Crosby Peck

Crosby Peck

“EVs are here and more are on the way,” said Crosby Peck, owner and operator of Rogers Campground. “I am already seeing some campers with electric cars attached to their RVs. This fast charger will attract a segment of our tourist population that I expect will continue to grow each year. I appreciate the support of Northern Pass in providing the necessary funding.”

By using the fast charger, new and future generations of electric cars can be almost fully charged in about 20 minutes. The station helps fill a coverage gap for the important technology. It is the only such fast charger station in New Hampshire north of Nashua and Salem.

“This is exactly the type of initiative we envisioned when we developed the Forward New Hampshire Fund,” noted Paul Ramsey of Eversource. “It will support tourism, which is so important to the state, and it’s an innovative clean energy solution.”

“This is one of a limited number of advanced commitments of the Forward New Hampshire Fund,” Ramsey said. “The fund will be officially established when the Northern Pass project enters into operation. At that time an Advisory Board, including representatives of the North Country, will review funding opportunities and make recommendations for funding. We look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.”

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The station at Rogers Campground includes plugs for two specific fast charger standards, “CHAdeMO” and “SAE CCS.” EVs that utilize the technology include:

CHAdeMO

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Mitsubishi iMiev
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Tesla (w/standard adaptor)

SAE CCS

  • Chevrolet Bolt (available late 2016)
  • VW Golf electric
  • BMW i3
  • Future: Audi, Volvo, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler

“Electric vehicles are an important and growing segment of the nation’s transportation future,” noted Watson Collins, Eversource Manager of Business Development. “New Hampshire’s Energy Strategy focuses on EVs as an important tool in reducing reliance on imported fuels. This new fast charger station is key to providing current and future EV drivers with a sense of security that they can quickly, and cleanly, charge up and get back on the road.”

About Northern Pass – The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will provide New Hampshire and New England up to 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and competitively-priced power will also bring a range of benefits to New Hampshire, including hundreds of millions of dollars in energy cost savings, additional tax revenue, and thousands of jobs during construction and beyond. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us .You can also email questions to info@northernpass.us or call 1-800-286-7305.

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Contact :
Martin Murray
603.634.2228
martin.murray@eversource.com


Posted on May 19th, 2016 by

WHITEFIELD, New Hampshire (May 19, 2016) – The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee today heard oral arguments on a procedural schedule for the Northern Pass’ application.  After deliberation, the SEC voted to establish September 30, 2017 as the deadline by which it will provide a written decision on Northern Pass’ application for a Certificate of Site and Facilities.

“Today’s decision by the NH Site Evaluation Committee to extend the time frame for assessing Northern Pass is disappointing, since it will only delay the realization of the substantial benefits of this project in New Hampshire and throughout New England,” said Bill Quinlan, President, Eversource New Hampshire Operations.  “We look forward to the written order outlining the details of this schedule, and in the meantime will be evaluating our options for seeking reconsideration.”

Despite today’s ruling, the New England governors all agree that the region needs new sources of clean energy to help stabilize the price and supply of electricity and to meet the states’ clean energy goals. Northern Pass will deliver 1,090 MW of clean, renewable electricity to New England and New Hampshire, and create a rare combination of economic and environmental benefits. This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 3.3 million tons a year, while simultaneously providing $3.8 billion in economic stimulus in New Hampshire, reducing the electricity costs of New Hampshire customers by more than $80 million annually, creating more than 2,600 New Hampshire jobs at peak construction, generating an estimated $600 million in new taxes, and providing $200 million in funding for community betterment, economic development, clean energy and tourism. These benefits will be accomplished at no cost to New Hampshire customers.

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will provide New Hampshire and New England up to 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and competitively-priced power will also bring a range of benefits to New Hampshire, including hundreds of millions of dollars in energy cost savings, additional tax revenue, and thousands of jobs during construction and beyond. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us .You can also email questions to info@northernpass.us or call 1-800-286-7305.

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Contact :
Martin Murray
603.634.2228
martin.murray@eversource.com


Posted on May 4th, 2016 by

Process continues with more public hearings

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) has announced it will hold a public hearing on May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Mountain View Grand Resort, at 101 Mountain View Road in Whitefield to receive public comments on the additional information submitted by Northern Pass to comply with newly adopted SEC rules.

This public hearing is in addition to the five public hearings the SEC held in March. The SEC order, issued on May 4, specifies that the public hearing, including public comments, will be limited to issues presented by the additional information filed by Northern Pass.

The SEC will also hold a hearing on pending motions earlier that day at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Grand Resort. The hearing will address pending motions on the SEC’s timeframe for reviewing the project and a Northern Pass request for partial waivers under the new SEC rules.

The SEC has held a number of hearings in recent months to address issues related to the adjudicative process – a phase of the SEC’s review which is outlined in state law. A prehearing conference was held on March 22 to address issues relating to interveners, the SEC’s timeframe for reviewing the project, whether to hold additional public hearings, and other procedural issues. On April 12, the SEC held a hearing in Lincoln to discuss pending motions, including all requests to review the SEC’s Order on Petitions to Intervene. On April 22, the SEC issued a temporary procedural schedule beginning the discovery phase of the process.

You can find more information about the hearing on the SEC’s website www.nhsec.nh.gov, or on the Northern Pass website, www.northernpass.us.


Posted on April 21st, 2016 by

The following press release was issued Thursday morning.

MANCHESTER, N.H. April 21, 2016 – Northern Pass Transmission LLC has secured agreements with a  highly experienced team of contractors and material suppliers who will execute the engineering, design and construction of the Northern Pass transmission line once the project receives state and federal permits.

“The knowledge and expertise these industry-leading companies bring to the project will complement the strengths that Eversource and Hydro-Québec have demonstrated as award-winning energy project developers,” said Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire.  “Securing agreements with these contractors now puts Northern Pass in a strong position to begin the construction phase as soon as all permits are secured.”

Project construction partners include:

PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. (PAR) will serve as the General Contractor for the project, responsible for overall project management, schedule and cost control, coordinating the work of all contractors and material suppliers, and procuring materials as needed. PAR will construct all overhead portions of the lines, build all substations and transition stations, install the duct bank, and perform the horizontal directional drilling on the underground segments of the line.  PAR’s New Hampshire office is in the town of Bow.  The company is a subsidiary of Quanta Services, which is the largest transmission and distribution specialty contractor in North America.

Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. is an engineering and design firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, with offices throughout New England, including Manchester. Burns and McDonnell has been working with Northern Pass since the early stages of its development and will continue to be engaged as part of the project team.

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. It will engineer and fabricate the underground DC cable and the converter station in Franklin, as well as equipment at the Deerfield substation required to support interconnecting the Northern Pass line to the regional electric grid.

M.J. Electric, LLC (MJE), another subsidiary of Quanta Services, will work with ABB to engineer and construct the converter station.

Northern Pass has also secured prices on all significant materials and equipment that will be used to build both the overhead and underground portions of the line, which helps solidify the project cost estimate of $1.6 billion.

In 2015, Eversource announced its New Hampshire First jobs initiative, including its commitment to hiring New Hampshire workers whenever possible for construction of Northern Pass. Eversource is partnering with local non-union contractors and electrical workers’ unions to help construct and maintain more than $2 billion in proposed energy projects throughout the state, including Northern Pass.

“Northern Pass will provide a unique opportunity to work on one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history,” said Quinlan. “I have spoken to many highly-skilled men and women around the state who are eager to work on a multi-year project close to home.  The project is going to provide significant opportunities for a wide range of New Hampshire workers.”

In the coming months, Northern Pass and its contractors will host events throughout New Hampshire that will provide local subcontractors an opportunity to discuss the general construction approach for the project, including the sequencing of the work, what local skills and resources will be required, and how the hiring process will occur. Northern Pass will create 2,600 jobs during construction, including:  logging, excavating, gravel, trucking, concrete, electrical utility work, paving, fencing and landscaping. In addition, the project will require other general services and materials, including traffic control, security, equipment rental, waste management, among others.

Northern Pass is a 192-mile high-voltage transmission line that will connect New Hampshire and the New England electric grid to 1,090 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower generated in Canada. The project is currently in the process of securing state and federal permits, and is projected to begin construction in 2017 and be operational in mid-2019.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Recognized as the top-ranked “green” utility in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy).

CONTACT:

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


Posted on April 1st, 2016 by

In the past decade, there has been a gradual national shift away from coal and oil as sources of electricity and toward natural gas and renewable sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the shift is happening faster than we thought and natural gas is now the top source of electricity nation-wide. Here in New England, we rely heavily on natural gas for electricity, which is driving up winter energy costs and creating a challenging climate for business.

In Massachusetts, officials are working hard to address our regional energy challenges and shift toward more clean energy sources. A bi-partisan consensus has emerged that achieving the state’s clean energy goals cannot be done with just wind, solar and energy efficiency alone – hydropower must be added, too.

Although our use of renewable energy is growing, some projects are facing hard times, and one company is choosing to divest itself of hydro and wind projects here in New England.

 

Natural Gas Weekly Update

U.S. Energy Information Administration

 

This huge change in how we get energy is coming much faster than expected

Washington Post

 

ISO New England annual report: Challenges of retiring power plants, renewables, natural gas pipelines

Vermont Biz

 

Lindlof: Maine solutions lie in low-cost energy

Kennebec Journal

 

A roadmap for the omnibus energy bill

Commonwealth Magazine

 

Former officials have Baker’s back on hydro power

Worcester Business Journal

 

Large hydro joins the renewable energy club

RTO Insider

 

Affordable, reliable and clean electricity is good for Massachusetts

Wicked Local

 

Biomass industry’s plea to Maine lawmakers: Save our jobs

Portland Press Herald

 

TransCanada to sell hydro dams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

Mass Live

 

TransCanada looks to sell Maine wind farm

Portland Press Herald

 

 

 

 


Posted on March 28th, 2016 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) issued a Notice and Order on Friday announcing a hearing on April 12 in Lincoln to discuss pending motions on Northern Pass before the SEC.

The SEC is currently reviewing the Northern Pass application as part of the state’s permitting process. This process also includes a number of hearings, such as next month’s hearing on three pending motions. These motions include:

  • All Requests for Review of the Order on Petitions to Intervene under RSA 1 62-H:4, V
  • Applicant’s Request for Partial Waivers Under the Newly Adopted SEC Rules
  • Applicant’s Unassented-To Motion for Protective Order and Confidential Treatment

At the hearing, the Subcommittee will allow parties that filed written motions and/or objections regarding the above matters to supplement their written motions or objections with oral argument, if necessary. After that time, the Subcommittee will consider and deliberate on the pending motions.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Loon Mountain Resort, 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln. You can read the SEC’s order online here.


Posted on March 24th, 2016 by

Business leaders from across the state have announced their support for Northern Pass. In a joint statement to the Site Evaluation Committee, the diverse group of New Hampshire businesses, including some of the state’s largest employers, urged elected officials to join them as they support the Forward NH Plan and the “$3.8 billion in direct economic and unparalleled environmental benefits it will provide to the people and businesses of New Hampshire.”

At a recent Public Hearing in Deerfield, Mark Bailey of BAE Systems spoke on behalf of the 50 business leaders from across the state, announcing their joint support for Northern Pass. Mr. Bailey applauded the project, saying it will “provide unmistakably clear benefits to New Hampshire by bringing low-cost electricity directly to the state’s residents and businesses, creating hundreds of jobs, and providing millions in tax revenue.”

Local businesses are growing more concerned about the high cost of doing business in New Hampshire and the economic disadvantages they are facing compared to other states.  The joint statement encourages the SEC to conduct a “thorough, timely, and fact-based review” of the project since New Hampshire citizens and businesses “cannot afford to wait any longer.”

If you, too, are interested in supporting the Northern Pass project sign-up here.


Posted on March 18th, 2016 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) issued an order this week on one of a number of hearings that will be held as part of the Northern Pass’ review process. This hearing had originally been scheduled for Monday, but was postponed until Tuesday due to expected inclement weather.

The order states that a prehearing conference will be held on March 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at 172 N Main Street in Concord. The hearing had originally been scheduled to meet at the Office of the Public Utilities Commission in Concord but due to space constraints, the location was changed. The meeting will be attended by the SEC, project representatives and interveners.

The SEC order describes the prehearing conference as “an informal proceeding at which the parties to the docket may discuss the issues including, but not limited to: the conduct of discovery and technical sessions; offers of settlement or agreement on any issue; methods to simplify the issues in dispute; stipulations or admissions as to issues of fact or proof by consent of the parties; changes to standard procedures by consent of the parties; limitations on the number of witnesses or scope of discovery; consolidation of witnesses; the filing of the testimony of witnesses; and any other matter that may aid in the disposition of the proceeding.”

The SEC is expected to issue an order on the pending intervention petitions March 18, 2016.


Posted on March 15th, 2016 by

Developer Les Otten recently testified in support of Northern Pass at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee public information session in Coös County. In his remarks, he spoke not only about his proposed redevelopment of The Balsams Resort in Dixville and the opportunities this will bring to the North Country economy, but also about the economic and clean energy benefits that Northern Pass offers to New Hampshire. Otten is a strong supporter of renewable energy, having a wood pellet business among his portfolio of ventures. He believes the Northern Pass is a critical source of affordable, low-carbon energy that will help move our region toward our clean energy goals, while also bringing jobs and economic activity to communities along the route.

We at Northern Pass also want to see an economic revival in the North Country and believe it’s critical that The Balsams redevelopment stay on schedule. That’s why we’re pleased to advance $2 million from the Forward New Hampshire Fund to ensure that the project breaks ground this summer. The plans for The Balsams are precisely what we envisioned when we set the goals for the Forward New Hampshire Fund.

The Forward New Hampshire Fund is a cornerstone of the Forward New Hampshire Plan, announced by Northern Pass last August. The $200 million we have committed to this Fund is aimed at supporting economic development, community betterment, tourism, and clean energy initiatives in the cities and towns along the route, especially those in the North Country. There is perhaps no single effort at this time that supports these goals more than the current plans to redevelop The Balsams and return it to a world class destination resort. Like Northern Pass, The Balsams redevelopment has the opportunity to be transformative for the North Country, bringing jobs, economic development and injecting a much needed boost into the area’s tourism industry.

The Northern Pass has already supported several key initiatives aimed at supporting New Hampshire communities and the environment, including the Coos County Job Creation Association, the Morse Mountain cell tower, and the Partners for New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife. Northern Pass and The Balsams both present significant opportunities for Coös County, the state, and beyond. We’re pleased to support the redevelopment of this North Country showpiece.


Posted on March 11th, 2016 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) has issued separate notice and orders for site inspections of portions of the Northern Pass route on Monday March 14 and on Wednesday March 16. These site inspections will each include a bus tour along the route, stopping at key points identified in the orders.

On March 14, the tour will begin at noon at the Plymouth State University Ice Arena and include stops in Bristol, Franklin and Thornton, ending back at the arena. On March 16, the tour will begin at 9:30AM at the Concord office of the Public Utilities Commission and include stops in Canterbury, Concord, Pembroke, Allenstown and Deerfield, concluding at the PUC. You can learn more about each tour, which are open to the public, by reading the SEC orders now posted on our website.

The tours and the public hearings being held this month are part of the state permitting process for Northern Pass. To date, the SEC has hosted public hearings on Northern Pass in Meredith, Whitefield and Concord, gathering public input and comment. Two meetings held this week were co-hosted with the U.S. Department of Energy, which is also reviewing Northern Pass as part of the project’s federal permitting process.

For more information about the public hearings and how to participate in the process, go to our Project Journal.

Upcoming SEC Public Hearings

March 14

Grafton County, 5PM

Plymouth State University

Welcome Center at the Ice Arena

129 NH Rt – 175A

(Holderness Road)

Holderness, NH

March 16

Rockingham County, 5PM

Deerfield Fair Pavilion

49 Stage Road

Deerfield, NH