Posted on August 5th, 2011 by

National Grid and Bangor Hydro Electric Company recently announced a proposed “Northeast Energy Link,” that could transmit 1,100 megawatts of energy along a 220 mile long High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) line that may be placed underground.

So, what is our view of this announcement?

We see this filing as a positive step toward the development of wind energy resources in Maine, and we’re also pleased that NEL has adopted the “participant funded” approach that originated with The Northern Pass. (Costs associated with the transmission line construction will be recovered through the sale of energy, instead of through a transmission charge.)

The NEL proposal does include several significant differences from The Northern Pass project, as we detail in an available statement and a related comparison table.

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by

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