Posted on December 12th, 2017 by

Northern Pass achieved a number of milestones this year, positioning itself as the most advanced clean energy project in New England. From the issuance of the Presidential Permit to securing major contractors, Northern Pass enters 2018 expecting the conclusion of the state and federal permitting process and construction to begin in the spring.

  • The SEC concluded the final hearings on Northern Pass on December 21, after 70 days of testimony.
  • Northern Pass hosted its first Job & Supplier Fair in December, connecting workers and businesses with the people who will be leading construction.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved the Presidential Permit for the Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project in November, allowing Northern Pass to construct transmission facilities at the U.S./Canada border in Pittsburg.
  • The staff of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NH PUC), the New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate, Eversource, and Northern Pass reached a settlementin November that will enable Northern Pass to lease transmission rights-of-way from Eversource and sets aside $15 million for New Hampshire electric customers for “programs, projects or other purposes that provide benefits to New Hampshire distribution customers.”
  • The U.S. Forest Service released its draft Record of Decisionin September recommending that the agency issue a special use permit allowing Northern Pass to bury approximately 11 miles of transmission lines in areas along existing roads through the White Mountain National Forest.
  • The DOE issued the Final Environmental Impact Statementfor the Northern Pass transmission project in August, concluding that the proposed route is the “preferred alternative,” that the project provides substantial benefits, and will result in only minimal impacts.
  • The SEC hosted a public comment session in August, the last of 26 state and federal public comment sessions held on Northern Pass during which residents could share their thoughts on the project with officials.
  • The DOE finalized a Programmatic Agreementregarding Northern Pass in August that prescribes the steps necessary to complete the federal and state agency review of historic and archeological resources, including addressing any adverse effect.
  • Eversource, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Quanta Services, Inc., and ABB Inc. finalizeda comprehensive Project Labor Agreement and reaffirmed its commitment to hiring local workers first.
  • Eversource and Hydro-Québec submitted two proposals in response to the Massachusetts Clean Energy solicitation in July. Both proposals would use the Northern Pass Transmission project to deliver significant amounts of clean energy to the New England grid, interconnecting in New Hampshire.
  • In June, the PUC approved a request by Northern Pass to cross public waters and public lands to construct the 192-mile hydroelectric transmission line project. In granting the licenses, the PUC found that the crossings will not interfere with the public’s use of the land and waters affected by the crossings.
  • The New Hampshire Department of Transportation issued its final report to the SEC in April recommending approval of the project.
  • The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services issued four key approvals of the project in March pertaining to the Wetland, Shoreland and Alteration of Terrain permits, and the 401 Water Quality Certificate.
  • The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in January that the proposal by Northern Pass to use public highways for underground installation of electric transmission lines is clearly allowed under state law. The decision upholds a previous ruling by the NH Superior Court that dismissed a claim by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Posted on December 12th, 2017 by

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