Posted on April 18th, 2011 by

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended the public comment period on The Northern Pass project to June 14, 2011.  The DOE notice was published recently in the Federal Register, and includes details on how to provide comments to the DOE.

In our April 12 filing to the DOE, Northern Pass had requested an extension in order to explore additional routing options that would be more acceptable to residents and communities.

An extension of the comment period had been requested by others, as well, including NH Rep. Charlie Bass and Sen. Kelly Ayotte.


Posted on April 18th, 2011 by

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  • Jim Dannis says:

    Thank you for responding to questions and comments.

    To clear away some of the imprecision in the dialog to date, could you provide your estimated average cost per mile to install above-ground HVDC lines per your current proposal? For comparison, could you provide your estimated average cost per mile to install the HVDC segment underground? For purposes of the underground alternative, please assume that you would use relatively level ground that would already have a gravel base and would not require blasting (eg, highway, road or railroad ROWs).

    Also, in our scoping comments (available on the DOE EIS website and served with Northeast Utilities and your counsel) we have used PSNH’s wholesale price projections to calculate an expected sales revenue stream for Hydro Quebec from the line at $39 billion to $59 billion over the 40 year life of the project. The midpoint projection is more than $1 billion a year of average sales revenues for Hydro Quebec. Could you advise if you agree with our calculations, and if not could you provide an alternative set of estimated revenues?

    Many thanks,

    Sandy and Jim Dannis

  • Jim Dannis says:

    Thank you for responding to questions and comments.

    To clear away some of the imprecision in the dialog to date, could you provide your estimated average cost per mile to install above-ground HVDC lines per your current proposal? For comparison, could you provide your estimated average cost per mile to install the HVDC segment underground? For purposes of the underground alternative, please assume that you would use relatively level ground that would already have a gravel base and would not require blasting (eg, highway, road or railroad ROWs).

    Also, in our scoping comments (available on the DOE EIS website and served with Northeast Utilities and your counsel) we have used PSNH’s wholesale price projections to calculate an expected sales revenue stream for Hydro Quebec from the line at $39 billion to $59 billion over the 40 year life of the project. The midpoint projection is more than $1 billion a year of average sales revenues for Hydro Quebec. Could you advise if you agree with our calculations, and if not could you provide an alternative set of estimated revenues?

    Many thanks,

    Sandy and Jim Dannis

  • Michelle says:

    There is a saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

    Well, I take that question a step further, “If thousands of ‘trees’, not to be confused with the thousands of trees Northern Pass wants to fell for the proposed Northern Pass route, question and oppose the Northern Pass in the ‘forest’ of NH, do they make a sound?”

    Answer? Absolutely, loud and clear. Does Northern Pass, PSNH, NU/NSTAR and Hydro Quebec have a back up plan when this project is denied in the state of NH?

    I appreciate your feedback.

  • Michelle says:

    There is a saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

    Well, I take that question a step further, “If thousands of ‘trees’, not to be confused with the thousands of trees Northern Pass wants to fell for the proposed Northern Pass route, question and oppose the Northern Pass in the ‘forest’ of NH, do they make a sound?”

    Answer? Absolutely, loud and clear. Does Northern Pass, PSNH, NU/NSTAR and Hydro Quebec have a back up plan when this project is denied in the state of NH?

    I appreciate your feedback.