The N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) today voted to suspend its oral decision. Our statement is below.
We understand the SEC’s decision to suspend its February 1st oral decision, pending issuance of a written order.
We hope it is an indication that the SEC will evaluate the required statutory criteria, as well as thoroughly consider all of the conditions that could provide the basis for granting approval. At a time when the region needs new and diverse sources of clean energy, it is vitally important that projects like Northern Pass are considered fully and efficiently and without unnecessary delay.
Northern Pass is the most advanced clean energy project in the region, having received all major permits from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments after years of rigorous review, as well as approvals from all state permitting agencies other than the SEC (e.g., DOT, DES, DHR, PUC). It is well-positioned to help New Hampshire and New England address critical energy needs and clean energy goals.