Posted on October 11th, 2016 by

Eversource representatives will be in Concord on Tuesday to discuss the Northern Pass route selection, the Forward NH Plan, benefits to New Hampshire and the Tri-State Clean Energy RFP application.

The representatives will appear before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) as part of its ongoing review of Northern Pass, known as Technical Sessions. These informal hearings are an opportunity for the parties involved in the Northern Pass state review process to ask questions the project.

The project experts include:

William J. Quinlan is the Eversource President of New Hampshire Operations and is responsible for ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to more than 500,000 Eversource customers in New Hampshire, as well as overseeing the construction, operation, and maintenance of Eversource’s New Hampshire electricity infrastructure.

Kenneth B. Bowes joined Northeast Utilities in 1984 and today serves as Eversource Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Bowes is responsible for engineering activities for Eversource’s electric transmission and distribution system. He manages the distributed generation, micro-grid, new technology, and R&D activities for the company, and executes the System Resiliency Program and Distributed Energy Resources projects.

Northern Pass, through its Forward NH Plan, will bring considerable benefits to New Hampshire including approximately $3.8 billion in jobs programs, energy savings, tax revenue, an increase in New Hampshire’s GDP, investment in clean energy and the environment and other benefits. Other key points about Northern Pass, its route and its benefits include:

  • Northern Pass is designed to bring a reliable source of competitively priced, clean, renewable hydropower into the region, thereby delivering energy savings as well as environmental and economic benefits to New Hampshire and the New England region
  • The project was originally designed as an all overhead line, but the design was modified in 2013 and again in 2015 to address New Hampshire stakeholder input, including concerns over impacts on population centers and scenic views
  • The project, as proposed, includes 60 miles of underground construction, 52 of which will be in the White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch region and near the Appalachian Trail, eliminating any potential visual impacts in those areas
  • The project, as proposed, provides the appropriate balance among several important considerations, including project costs, public concerns over iconic view sheds, environmental and economic impacts, as well as technical feasibility and the availability of land rights necessary to support the Project
  • Underground construction of the entire project would disrupt this balance and render the Project uneconomic
  • Northern Pass is committed to a “New Hampshire First” approach, which will ensure that new jobs created by the project are made available to New Hampshire workers first
  • The project will improve the Coös Transmission Loop, which will enhance the electric system in the North Country and unlock up to 100 megawatts of existing and future sources of renewable energy for the state and region
  • Northern Pass has submitted a proposal to the Tri-State Clean Energy RFP. New Hampshire customers will not bear any of the expenses but will still experience the benefits of the project

You can find additional information about the benefits of the project, as well as the pre-filed testimony from the above experts, on the Northern Pass website. Technical Sessions will continue throughout September. View a schedule of all the Technical Sessions here.

*Editor’s Note: Quinlan and Bowes have adopted James Muntz’s testimony, who previously submitted testimony as part of the application to the SEC.

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by

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