This year has been an exciting and busy time for the project. In June, we announced an improved route in New Hampshire’s North Country that was developed in response to concerns about potential visual impacts and property rights. The new route is now located in a far less populated area of the North Country and more than 80 percent of the entire route will be built in existing rights-of-way or located underground.
As 2013 comes to a close, we would like to share some of this year’s other highlights:
- Announced the creation of the North Country Jobs Creation Fund. This $7.5-million fund will be used to help boost economic growth beyond the 1,200 jobs Northern Pass will create during construction. This money will be administered locally and go to projects that people in the North Country know will help job seekers and businesses.
- Sponsored a communication tower in Groveton that will expand cellular and broadband service in the North Country
- Completed a series of four U.S. Department of Energy scoping meetings, moving the project further along in the federal permitting process
- Hosted hundreds of people at our 16 open houses along the route, giving residents the chance to ask questions and review detailed maps, view simulations, and jobs and tax revenue information
- Responded to thousands of inquiries from New Hampshire residents – via phone and e-mail on our Project Hotline
- Posted key information about the project and regional energy issues, and provided regular updates through social media, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
- Met face-to-face with residents and business owners along the route (roughly half of them north of the Notch), giving people a chance to ask project experts questions specific to their property
- Gave presentations to Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce across the state, going directly to business and community leaders to provide project updates, answer their questions and get their input
- Held jobs meetings with workers and business owners across New Hampshire about the opportunities that will be available once construction begins
As we head into the new year, we will continue engaging with New Hampshire residents and those who live and work along the proposed route. We encourage those who have questions about the project, or who want to lend their support, to reach out through one of the many lines of communication we have set up. Call us 1-800-286-7305, email us, or check out our website.
Thanks to all who have supported Northern Pass – your efforts have helped make 2013 a very successful year!