The Department of Energy’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), released on July 21, marks a major milestone for Northern Pass and highlights many of the key benefits the project will provide for New Hampshire and the region.
The DEIS found that Northern Pass as currently proposed will:
Other notable conclusions include:
The DEIS further seeks to quantify the extent to which the Project will affect certain areas of the state and economic sectors. While it suggested the Project may have some impact on tourism, it acknowledged no evidence exists to support that conclusion.
A potential impact on property values is also not assessed specifically for this report. DOE, rather, made an estimate based on a few prior studies and acknowledged that its estimate “likely overstates” the potential impact for segments paralleling existing lines – which comprises the vast majority of the Northern Pass route.
The DEIS also outlines some areas that warrant further consideration, primarily regarding the potential view impacts related to overhead lines. These and other conclusions in the DEIS will help inform our forthcoming proposal to the State of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee. As we’ve stated, we plan to propose a new, balanced plan in the near future that incorporates the feedback we’ve heard in discussions across the state and will address those concerns while providing substantial economic benefits to New Hampshire.
Northern Pass is well-positioned to help solve our energy challenges and secure a more reliable, diverse and clean energy future. We look forward to the upcoming public meetings and beginning the State permitting process.