Posted on December 31st, 2013 by

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!


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Posted on September 6th, 2013 by

The project recently announced a $7.5 million jobs creation fund aimed specifically at increasing employment in the North Country. The announcement of the fund follows months of discussions with local leaders and business people about the economic challenges in Coös County, and how the project can bring additional value to the area that is above and beyond the construction jobs and tax benefits associated with the project.

The fund will be managed by an advisory group made up of Coös County business and economic development leaders and elected officials and will ultimately decide what jobs creation efforts will be funded, and at what amounts.

Gary Long, President of Renewable Energy Development for New Hampshire, along with Former State Senator John Gallus and Allen Bouthillier of A.B. Logging announced the creation of the fund at an event in Lancaster at A.B. Logging on August 19th.


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Posted on July 30th, 2012 by

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce recently voiced support for the Northern Pass project, citing the creation of jobs and reduced energy costs, as significant benefits for New Hampshire’s business community, and others:

“…Reducing energy costs for all customers, substantial job creation, generating new tax revenue for state and local government, protecting our environment by reducing carbon emissions, and planning for our future energy needs are all laudable policy goals that our state is striving towards. Meeting each of these goals individually is a challenge, yet Northern Pass is a chance for New Hampshire to take a step forward on all fronts. We simply cannot afford to let an opportunity like Northern Pass slip by…

Northern Pass is how the free market is supposed to work – private enterprise working to bring superior, lower cost products to consumers. It’s time to work together to make this project a reality…”

Chamber President and CEO Robin Comstock outlined the group’s endorsement in a document that was published in the Sunday News on July 29. It is republished here with the permission of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Northern Pass project has benefits for state
By Robin Comstock

As one of the state’s largest business organizations with nearly 1,000 members, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce advocates on a variety of issues that have a significant impact on New Hampshire businesses.

One such issue that has been hotly debated as of late is the Northern Pass Project, which the Chamber believes will advance two of our organization’s strategic goals: promoting regional economic development and promoting a sound infrastructure.

Looking past all the controversy, emotion, and rhetoric surrounding this project, it is clear the Northern Pass project will greatly benefit our state’s business community.

The price of energy is commonly cited by our members and businesses across New Hampshire as a concern. Northern Pass will bring 1,200 megawatts (enough to power one million homes) of cheap, renewable energy from Canada into New England. This translates into significant energy savings for New Hampshire and the region. Indeed, Northern Pass will reduce energy costs for New Hampshire customers by $20-35 million annually.

In addition, Northern Pass will provide New Hampshire with fuel diversity at a time when New England is becoming more and more dependent on natural gas, the price of which will likely not always be so low. Diversity, which brings stability, is good for business.

On the job front, Northern Pass will create 1,200 jobs per year over a three-year construction period at a time when job creation in the state remains sluggish. Northern Pass is committed to using local New Hampshire companies and labor for this project first, giving a shot in the arm to our neighbors and the local business community. In the long term, the creation of an additional 200 New Hampshire jobs per year is anticipated as a result of reduced energy costs as businesses can afford to invest elsewhere when energy is more affordable.

These economic benefits can be realized without compromising New Hampshire’s environment, an element of the project that appeals to members of the Chamber’s Green Committee. Indeed, the cheap, renewable hydropower made possible by the Northern Pass Project will improve the environment by reducing regional carbon dioxide emissions by up to five million tons each year – the equivalent of a year’s worth of emissions from one million cars.

It should also be remembered that the construction of transmission lines to import hydroelectric and wind power from Canada is an action recommended by the New Hampshire Climate Action Plan issued in March, 2009.

Reducing energy costs for all customers, substantial job creation, generating new tax revenue for state and local government, protecting our environment by reducing carbon emissions, and planning for our future energy needs are all laudable policy goals that our state is striving towards. Meeting each of these goals individually is a challenge, yet Northern Pass is a chance for New Hampshire to take a step forward on all fronts. We simply cannot afford to let an opportunity like Northern Pass slip by.

Northern Pass is how the free market is supposed to work – private enterprise working to bring superior, lower cost products to consumers. It’s time to work together to make this project a reality.

Robin Comstock is president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.


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Posted on July 13th, 2012 by

The Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training (NEAT) Program is seeking applicants for an apprenticeship program that trains individuals for a career in the industry that builds and maintains power line systems, like the proposed Northern Pass project

The news was reported this week by Fosters Daily Democrat and by the Union Leader.

The IBEW electrical workers’ union has additional information here on the NEAT program.

The Northern Pass project is expected to generate more than 1,000 jobs during its three year construction period. Here is a listing of the expected job opportunities; and, fill out this form to be updated on job opportunities.

An ongoing project in the State of Maine provides an example of the impact a transmission project can have on employment. This April news article reported that more than 2,500 people work on the project on a daily basis.  Additional information about that project’s economic impact is posted here.

 


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Posted on May 1st, 2012 by

A significant transmission system upgrade project in the State of Maine is steadily moving forward. A recent news article in the Bangor Daily News cited a Central Maine Power (CMP) official as reporting that the $1.4 billion project is on schedule and budget.

The article includes a mention of the jobs associated with the project. CMP reports that between 2,500 – 2,700 people are working on the project on a daily basis.

The Northern Pass project also anticipates job creation. Our economic study released one year ago estimates a peak in the range of 1,330 – 1,680 jobs during the first two years of the three year construction period.

A listing of potential job opportunities is posted here. You can sign up here to be notified in the future about project job fairs.

 

 


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Posted on January 23rd, 2012 by

The New England Power Generator’s Association today claimed that Northern Pass has overestimated the number of jobs that will be created as part of the project.

It is not surprising that the NEPGA opposes Northern Pass, since the cleaner and more economic energy it provides into the regional power pool may displace some of their own.

This is the same group of multinational corporations that last spring tried to argue that the savings Northern Pass will deliver isn’t enough.

To argue the project on the basis of jobs is surprising, though.

Just look no further than the neighboring state of Maine.

An ongoing transmission project there is employing more than 2,000 people on construction. Reports indicate that 268 companies from Maine have been hired, representing almost every county in Maine.

That’s a real life example of the positive impact Northern Pass will have here … and yet the power generators study did not even take a look at that project.

Here in New Hampshire, we’ve already heard from more than 550 individuals, who are seeking information about Northern Pass job opportunities. Their experience includes heavy equipment operation; general construction; welding; real estate; trucking; fiber optic splicing; concrete; and, administration.

We expect to be working with project partners here in New Hampshire on a future job fair.

A similar event was held in Maine and was very successful in attracting local workers who are now participating in the project.

Here’s a list of the job opportunities we anticipate being available when the Northern Pass construction project begins.

 


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Posted on September 7th, 2011 by

The Northern Pass project will have a significant and positive impact on New Hampshire’s economy; most notably in the job market.

We’ve posted a video featuring Joe Casey, Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 490 (Concord, NH), who describes the effects of the three year construction phase on the local workers that he partners with every day.

An updated economic study, in April, 2011, reported:

“…The … economic analysis estimates total job creation from the three-year construction project to peak at 1,330 to 1,680 local jobs in 2013 and 2014; with 900 to 1,135 local jobs being created or supported in 2015…”

The project is committed to hiring local labor first. More information on project jobs, and a means to add your name to a jobs mailing list, is available here.


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Posted on April 29th, 2011 by

A significant number of new jobs will be created as a result of The Northern Pass construction. Our updated economic study breaks down the jobs by region, within New Hampshire.

The study was released today by economist Lisa Shapiro. “Our economic modeling demonstrates that this project would have deep and widespread economic benefits for the entire state,” said Shapiro.

The study shows that job opportunities will include typical construction industry work, as well as forestry and logging, professional/technical, and supply and service industry jobs.

Read the study – and the press release.

Get on the mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming job fairs.

 


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