Posted on May 24th, 2018 by

Project will explore all options for making important clean energy project a reality

MANCHESTER, N.H. (May 24, 2018) – Northern Pass officials expressed disappointment in today’s decision by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to reject its motion asking the SEC to reconsider its denial of a siting certificate, particularly in light of the recent N.H. Supreme Court decision emphasizing the importance of lowering customers’ energy costs.

“We intend to pursue all options for making this critical clean energy project a reality, along with the many economic and environmental benefits for New Hampshire and the region. This opportunity to significantly lower energy costs for customers should be given great weight,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “Large infrastructure projects of this scale often face challenges during the siting process, and we will continue to work with all of the stakeholders to present a project that receives New Hampshire’s approval.”

Northern Pass remains 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.

“Northern Pass is particularly important now, given New England’s critical need for new, diverse sources of clean energy to meet customers’ electricity demands, especially during winter months,” said Quinlan. “With nearly all major approvals in hand, Northern Pass is well-positioned to help New Hampshire and New England address these serious energy needs and achieve the region’s ambitious environmental goals.”

Northern Pass has received the following approvals:

Federal Approvals

  • DOE Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOE Record of Decision
  • Presidential Permit
  • U.S. Forest Service Final Record of Decision

State Approvals

  • NH Department of Environmental Services
    • Wetland final decision
    • Shoreland Protection final decision
    • Alteration of Terrain final decision
    • Section 401 Water Quality certificate
  • NH Department of Transportation
  • NH PUC Authorization to Commence Business as a Public Utility
  • NH PUC Authorization to Cross Public Lands and Waters
  • NH PUC Approval of PSNH Lease

Canadian Approvals

  • Québec Provincial Permit
  • Canadian National Energy Board

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Other perspectives:

Jim Roche, President, Business & Industry Association

“New Hampshire’s electric energy prices are 50–60% above the national average, year-round. This not only hurts the competitiveness of our businesses, especially manufacturers who drive the state’s economy, but it also hurts our overall economy as employers look beyond New England for lower cost energy. Grid operator ISO New England continues to highlight energy supply risks for our region, which could lead to rolling blackouts. This situation – high rates and supply risks – demands immediate attention. Clean energy projects like Northern Pass offer significant, positive economic benefits for New Hampshire and are critical to helping address our energy challenges.”

Brian Murphy, Business Manager, IBEW Local 104

“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers remains disappointed at many levels in the review process that took place at the NH Site Evaluation Committee, and we are encouraged that Eversource is continuing to pursue this project through a NH Supreme Court appeal. The Northern Pass transmission project remains a critical need for our region, and we look forward to continuing to work toward the goal of seeing the Northern Pass project completed.”


The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
Martin Murray
603-634-2228
martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


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Posted on February 28th, 2018 by

Supporters say project deserves full consideration and urges committee to pursue solution

MANCHESTER, N.H. (February 28, 2018) – Northern Pass officials today filed a motion with the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) requesting the committee vacate its recent decision and resume deliberations on the proposed project. The motion outlines a comprehensive set of commitments that could provide the basis for granting conditional approval.

“We appreciate the time and effort invested by the SEC members in reviewing Northern Pass,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “Given the urgent need for cleaner, more affordable energy in the region, it is important that we present for consideration a solution that addresses the legitimate concerns raised during deliberations. We are hopeful that the SEC will focus on the comprehensive set of commitments that would establish a constructive path toward a resolution.”

The solution presented by Northern Pass is comprised of conditions received from New Hampshire state agencies (DOT, DES, DHR, PUC*) that have approved the Project and conditions agreed to with Counsel for the Public, the statutory representative of the New Hampshire public interest. Additionally, Northern Pass presents examples of additional conditions the SEC could impose to address specific concerns expressed during its deliberations. Project proponents representing communities, businesses, and workers joined Northern Pass in encouraging the SEC to thoroughly evaluate the solution offered by Northern Pass, as well as the $3 billion in benefits the project will bring to the Granite State.

Key Commitments

In its original SEC application, Northern Pass contemplated the need to further economic development, tourism, community investment and clean energy innovation, and these are the four focus areas for its $200 million Forward NH Fund. Key commitments highlighted in today’s motion include the following specific allocations from the Fund:

  • $25 million to address property value impacts in affected communities
  • $25 million for promoting tourism and recreation in the affected areas
  • $25 million for economic development in host communities to address local impacts
    In addition, the proposed commitments include:
  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in the downtown areas of both Plymouth and Franconia to reduce construction impacts to businesses and residents
  • Energy cost benefits for business and low-income customers from the sale of clean energy attributes (up to $300 million)
  • Transmission upgrades in the North Country to promote existing (400MW) and new small-scale renewable generation ($50 million)
  • Dedicated funding for the North Country Job Creation Fund to support economic development and job growth ($7.5 million)
  • Public interest program funding to advance energy efficiency programs for customers ($20 million)
  • Right-of-way lease benefits that will lower customers’ transmission costs and advance distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicle initiatives ($30 million)
  • The unallocated balance of the $200 million in the Forward NH Fund is available to the SEC for further conditions ($100M)

For a complete list of conditions included in today’s motion, see Attachments A, B & C (corrected version – letter to SEC).

For a chart of key benefits from today’s motion, click here.

For a list of quotes in support of today’s motion, click here.

What is at Stake for New Hampshire and the Region

Northern Pass stands to provide $3 billion in economic and environmental benefits to New Hampshire. Benefits include:

  • $30 million in additional New Hampshire state and local tax revenue annually
  • $62 million annual energy cost savings for New Hampshire consumers
  • Approximately $600 million annual reduction in the region’s wholesale energy costs
  • 2,600 jobs for New Hampshire during peak construction
  • A reduction in regional carbon emissions by more than 3 million tons per year

Northern Pass has received rigorous environmental reviews and approvals from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as several New Hampshire state agencies, which confirmed many positive aspects of the project, including the route selection, environmental and economic benefits, and the much-needed large, new, reliable, clean source of power Northern Pass would bring to the regional energy mix.

  • Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Historical Resources, Public Utilities Commission

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

CONTACT:
Martin Murray
603-634-2228
martin.murray@eversource.com

Kaitlyn Woods
603-634-2418
kaitlyn.woods@eversource.com


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Posted on February 16th, 2018 by

MANCHESTER, N.H. (February 16, 2018) – We sincerely appreciate the challenge that Massachusetts officials and their electric distribution companies (EDCs) are facing as they strive to meet an aggressive goal of obtaining a new and significant source of clean energy within just a few short years. The selection of Northern Pass to deliver that energy was based in part because we can be in-service far ahead of any other project.

The February 1st decision by our state permitting authority to abruptly halt its deliberations and deny our application was a shock to everyone. Today’s decision by the Massachusetts DOER, its Independent Evaluator and the EDCs strikes a sensible balance by allowing negotiations with Northern Pass to continue, while establishing a backup protocol that can be initiated if necessary.

From our perspective, the decision provides Northern Pass with the opportunity to make our case for a rehearing by our N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and a resumption of its deliberations.

We have a strong legal argument for a reconsideration by the SEC. There is a path forward. While our negotiations with the EDCs continue, we will also focus on earning reconsideration by the SEC and the necessary permit to begin construction in order to deliver to Massachusetts and the entire New England region the many benefits that Northern Pass will provide.


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Posted on February 12th, 2018 by

New Hampshire customers would benefit from $15 million in clean energy funds

MANCHESTER, N.H. (February 12, 2018) – Today, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) has approved an agreement that allows Northern Pass Transmission LLC (NPT) to lease transmission rights-of-way from Eversource. In its decision, the NHPUC found that the lease agreement was “in the public good” and provides significant customer benefits. This approval marks the last of three NHPUC approvals needed by NPT. The NHPUC had previously approved granting the project utility status, and also the ability to cross public waters and public lands in order to build the project.

“The benefits Northern Pass will deliver to New Hampshire are significant, and today’s approval by the NHPUC is further confirmation that the project is in the public interest,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “In addition to the $15 million in funding for New Hampshire customers included in this agreement, the project would provide more than $3 billion in economic and environmental benefits to New Hampshire, including additional tax revenue for our communities, good-paying local jobs, and hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of investment in economic development, community betterment, clean energy and tourism.”

Under the agreement, as negotiated with the NHPUC staff and the N.H. Office of Consumer Advocate, NPT agreed to make annual lease payments to Eversource, which would be used to off-set Eversource’s transmission costs – which are borne by customers. Additionally, Northern Pass agreed to make annual payments totaling $15 million over the lifetime of the project. The funds would be under the control and direction of the NHPUC for “programs, projects or other purposes that provide benefits to New Hampshire distribution customers.” These programs may include investments in distributed generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, demand response and other initiatives.

Northern Pass benefits include millions annually in additional tax revenue to communities along the route; $7.5 million to the North Country Job Creation Fund to develop and retain jobs in the North Country; thousands of acres set aside for conservation, recreation and mixed-use; reduced CO2 emissions and energy costs; and the $200 million Forward NH Fund to support clean energy innovations, economic development, community investment, and tourism. Moreover, the project would deliver 1,090 MW of clean, renewable hydroelectric into the region, providing much-needed fuel diversity and helping to stabilize energy prices.

The PUC’s lease order is conditioned on the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (NHSEC) issuing the project its necessary construction permit. Northern Pass is preparing to file a motion to reopen NHSEC deliberations. The project has received key federal approvals, including a Presidential Permit and final Record of Decision.


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Posted on February 1st, 2018 by

We are shocked and outraged by today’s SEC outcome. The process failed to comply with New Hampshire law and did not reflect the substantial evidence on the record. As a result, the most viable near-term solution to the region’s energy challenges, as well as $3 billion of NH job, tax, and other benefits, are now in jeopardy. Clearly, the SEC process is broken and this decision sends a chilling message to any energy project contemplating development in the Granite State. We will be seeking reconsideration of the SEC’s decision, as well as reviewing all options for moving this critical clean energy project forward.


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Posted on January 8th, 2018 by

The Forest Service says project is in “public interest” and provides “meaningful benefits to air quality” in the Forest

Manchester, N.H. (January 8, 2018) – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released its final Record of Decision (ROD) allowing Northern Pass Transmission to bury approximately eleven miles of transmission lines in areas along existing roads through the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF).  The decision is the result of a thorough environmental analysis and public engagement process led by two WMNF supervisors over a seven-year period, and comes on the heels of a Record of Decision and Presidential Permit issued by the U.S. Department of Energy late last year.  The USFS will issue the necessary Special Use Authorization to allow the project to be buried within the WMNF.  With these approvals secured, the project is well-positioned to begin construction in mid-2018, and to bring an additional 1,090 MW of much-needed clean hydroelectric power into the region by late 2020.

“We appreciate the diligent work done by the USFS and WMNF staff over the years, and are gratified that they have concluded the benefits of Northern Pass more than outweigh the short-term construction impacts on the Forest,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan.  “When we proposed an underground cable for the WMNF portion of the route, we believed it was the best option for the Forest and for New Hampshire.  We’re pleased to see that the USFS agrees.”

The Forest Service notes that Northern Pass will increase the reliability of New England’s power supply, by reducing reliance on imported natural gas; help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with public policy goals and the New Hampshire Climate Action Plan; and, provide “meaningful benefits to air quality” in the WMNF.

Highlights from the Final ROD include:

  • “Meeting long-term energy needs in a sustainable, secure, and cost effective manner for this region of the country is certainly in the public’s interest.”
  • “I believe that the Project will benefit the public by providing a low-carbon, non-intermittent, and diversified source of electricity for the people of New Hampshire and New England.”
  • “Burial of the transmission line through the WMNF resolved Forest Plan consistency issues related to visuals and effects on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.”

In 2015, Northern Pass announced an improved route that included 52 additional miles of underground to avoid any potential view impacts in and around the WMNF or along the Appalachian Trail.  The final ROD supports the project’s conclusion that burial along Interstate 93 is not a reasonable alternative, and states that the improved route “is a reasonable way to transmit electrical power through the WMNF in a minimally impactful way when considering all available alternatives.”


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Posted on January 3rd, 2018 by

MANCHESTER, N.H. (January 3, 2018) – New Hampshire workers and businesses, including suppliers, subcontractors, and the services and hospitality industries, will have the opportunity next week in Concord to meet with the team leading the construction of Northern Pass at a second Job & Supplier Fair. Attendees can discuss the kinds of jobs, subcontractor opportunities, and supplies that are needed to complete Eversource’s 192-mile hydroelectric transmission line, and businesses can learn how to reach the many people who will be working on Northern Pass over the multi-year construction period.  Northern Pass will create or generate 2,600 jobs at the peak of its construction.

“Northern Pass has long been committed to hiring New Hampshire workers first and these fairs are a way for us to follow through on that commitment,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan.  “We encourage everyone to attend and learn about the many opportunities available for local businesses and workers.”

Details of the Job & Supplier Fair:

Wednesday, January 10

3:00-8:00 p.m.

Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Ave., Concord, N.H.

At a very successful December 13 fair in Whitefield, more than 200 people came out to discuss the many job opportunities available on the project. The upcoming fair in Concord will be a similar event where members of the public can meet face-to-face with representatives from the project and the construction team.

Some of the opportunities available include:

Construction Jobs – lineworkers, electricians, administrative/office personnel, project managers, traffic control personnel, safety personnel, mechanics, land surveyors, landscapers, laborers, fence installation personnel, building construction personnel, steel erection personnel, fiber-optic splicers, heavy equipment operators, truckers, material managers, welders, testing/commissioning personnel, traffic control, road building personnel, clearing/grubbing contractors, paving contractors, matting contractor, loggers, well/HDD drillers

Logistics/Services Jobs – lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, graphic design, environmental testing, equipment rental and maintenance, printers, office supply, security, photographers, snow removal services, caterers, apartment rentals, Porta-John rentals, portable office rentals, waste disposal, fuel suppliers, gravel/aggregate suppliers, hay suppliers, groundwater consultants, concrete and cement suppliers, asphalt suppliers, sign companies, hardware suppliers, lumber suppliers, street sweeping, material stockpiles and laydown yards

For a full list, go to www.northernpass.us/job-registration.htm.

Participants in the Job & Supplier Fairs include:

  • PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. the largest outside plant electrical contracting company in North America and is the General Contractor for the Northern Pass construction project with offices located in Bow, N.H.
  • Quanta Services, the leading integrated infrastructure solutions provider for the electric power, oil & gas and telecommunications industries. Quanta Services is the parent company for PAR Electrical Contractors, M.J. Electric, and Realtime Utility Engineers
  • J. Electric LLC, a nationally recognized prime electrical contractor in the electric transmission, substation, distribution, renewable energy, power, industrial, instrumentation, and civil/foundation construction industries. M.J. Electric is tasked with construction of the converter station at Franklin, N.H.
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 104of Barrington, N.H. serving New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 490 of Concord, N.H.
  • Coös County Business and Employers Group, an organization of businesses and contractors in northern N.H.
  • Realtime Utility Engineers, Inc., A national recognized utility engineering firm providing engineering services for the project
  • Milwaukee Tools
  • Buckingham Tools
  • Helmets to Hardhats, a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry
  • Northern Pass project representatives, on hand to discuss the project’s business directory, a list of local services available to the project’s many workers, such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores, laundromats, auto repairs, hotels and recreational opportunities. A copy of the business directory will be given to everyone working on the Northern Pass project

The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued Northern Pass its Presidential Permit.  The project expects to conclude the federal and state approval process in early 2018, and anticipates construction will begin by mid-April 2018.

For more information call 1-855-NPT-JOBS or email nptjobs@northernpass.us.

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower.  This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.  To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,300 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.


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Posted on December 27th, 2017 by

Project Will Deliver Clean Energy to New England Two Years Ahead of Competition

MANCHESTER, N.H. (December 27, 2017) – Today, the Northern Pass Transmission project (NPT) announced it is the only large transmission project that can achieve Massachusetts’ statutory requirement for carbon emission reductions while also delivering more than $900 million in accelerated benefits to New England customers due to NPT’s early in-service date of 2020.

“It is clear that Massachusetts wants to act quickly to add cleaner and more affordable power to our energy mix, and no other project will deliver as much clean energy sooner than Northern Pass,” said Eversource Vice President of Transmission Business Development Patrick Smith. “Northern Pass is years ahead of the competition and has firm pricing backed by fully executed contracts with all major contractors and suppliers, as well as a signed Project Labor Agreement with the IBEW that guarantees local jobs for Massachusetts and New Hampshire workers. This is in stark contrast to other conceptual projects that are early in their development and permitting processes, have no contracts in place, and significant uncertainty regarding their scope. Such projects, including their costs, schedule and corresponding benefits, should be viewed with caution.”

The accelerated benefits are a result of Northern Pass being placed in service in 2020, two years ahead of other proposals, and include lower energy and capacity market costs, value from reduced carbon emissions and a reduction in natural gas prices. Massachusetts would realize more than $500 million of these benefits.

Northern Pass will bring 1,090 MW of clean, reliable hydroelectricity from Hydro-Québec’s existing resources over a high voltage transmission line extending from Des Cantons substation in Québec to Deerfield, New Hampshire where the line will interconnect to the New England electric system. Both the New Hampshire and Québec portions of the line are in the final stages of the siting process, and Northern Pass is on track to be “shovel ready” to begin construction early in the second quarter of 2018.

“The Northern Pass project will not only bring clean, low-cost energy to New England ahead of other projects, but will also bring jobs to Massachusetts and New Hampshire years ahead of other proposed energy projects” said Brian Murphy, Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 104. “Northern Pass will put people to work in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in a matter of months, while other projects are at best two to three years away. We can’t kick the can down the road. Solutions to our region’s energy problems and jobs are needed now.”

The accelerated benefits from a 2020 Northern Pass in-service date were calculated by London Economics International, the project’s economics expert. For more information about the unique benefits of Northern Pass, as well as the broad support the project enjoys in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, please see the project video.

Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,300 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.


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Posted on December 4th, 2017 by

MANCHESTER, N.H. (December 4, 2017) – New Hampshire workers and businesses, including suppliers, subcontractors, and the services and hospitality industries, will have the opportunity to meet with the team leading the construction of Northern Pass at two upcoming Job & Supplier Fairs.  Attendees can discuss the kinds of jobs, subcontractor opportunities, and supplies that are needed to complete Eversource’s 192-mile hydroelectric transmission line, and businesses can learn how to reach the many people who will be working on Northern Pass over the multi-year construction period.  Northern Pass will create or generate 2,600 jobs at the peak of construction.

Details of the Job & Supplier Fairs:

Wednesday, December 13                       Wednesday, January 10

3:00-8:00 p.m.                                            3:00-8:00 p.m.

Mountain View Grand Resort                 Grappone Conference Center

101 Mountain View Road                          70 Constitution Ave.

Whitefield, N.H.                                         Concord, N.H.

“Northern Pass has long been committed to hiring New Hampshire workers first and these fairs are a way for us to follow through on that commitment,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan.  “We encourage everyone to attend and learn about the many opportunities available for local businesses and workers.”

Some of the opportunities available include:

Construction Jobs – lineworkers, electricians, administrative/office personnel, project managers, traffic control personnel, safety personnel, mechanics, land surveyors, landscapers, laborers, fence installation personnel, building construction personnel, steel erection personnel, fiber-optic splicers, heavy equipment operators, truckers, material managers, welders, testing/commissioning personnel, traffic control, road building personnel, clearing/grubbing contractors, paving contractors, matting contractor, loggers, well/HDD drillers

Logistics/Services Jobs – lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, graphic design, environmental testing, equipment rental and maintenance, printers, office supply, security, photographers, snow removal services, caterers, apartment rentals, Porta-John rentals, portable office rentals, waste disposal, fuel suppliers, gravel/aggregate suppliers, hay suppliers, groundwater consultants, concrete and cement suppliers, asphalt suppliers, sign companies, hardware suppliers, lumber suppliers, street sweeping, material stockpiles and laydown yards

For a full list, go to www.northernpass.us/job-registration.htm.

Participants in the Job & Supplier Fairs include:

  • PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. the largest outside plant electrical contracting company in North America and is the General Contractor for the Northern Pass construction project with offices located in Bow, N.H.
  • Quanta Services, the leading integrated infrastructure solutions provider for the electric power, oil & gas and telecommunications industries. Quanta Services is the parent company for PAR Electrical Contractors, M.J. Electric, and Realtime Utility Engineers
  • M.J. Electric, LLC, a nationally recognized prime electrical contractor in the electric transmission, substation, distribution, renewable energy, power, industrial, instrumentation, and civil/foundation construction industries. M.J. Electric is tasked with construction of the converter station at Franklin, N.H.
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 104of Barrington, N.H. serving New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 490 of Concord, N.H.
  • Coös County Business and Employers Group, an organization of businesses and contractors in northern N.H.
  • Realtime Utility Engineers, Inc., A national recognized utility engineering firm providing engineering services for the project
  • Milwaukee Tools
  • Buckingham Tools
  • Northern Pass project representatives, on hand to discuss the project’s business directory, a list of local services available to the project’s many workers, such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores, laundromats, auto repairs, hotels and recreational opportunities. A copy of the business directory will be given to everyone working on the Northern Pass project

The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued Northern Pass its Presidential Permit.  The project expects to conclude the federal and state approval process in early 2018, and anticipates construction will begin by mid-April 2018.

For more information call 1-855-NPT-JOBS or email nptjobs@northernpass.us.


Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower.  This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.  To learn more about Northern Pass, go to 
www.northernpass.us.


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Final Environmental Impact Statement Finds Project as Proposed is “Preferred Alternative”

MANCHESTER, N.H. (August 10, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project (NPT), representing a significant step forward in the permitting process.  The FEIS concluded that the proposed Northern Pass route is the “preferred alternative,” that the project provides substantial benefits, and will result in only minimal impacts.  Required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the FEIS is a product of years of review of project environmental impacts by the DOE in cooperation with other federal agencies, and reflects input collected from thousands of comments submitted by key stakeholders and the public.

As stated in today’s DOE decision, “The proposed DOE action in the final EIS is to issue a Presidential permit to the Applicant, Northern Pass LLC, to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a new electric transmission line across the U.S./Canada border in northern New Hampshire (NH).” The FEIS also recognizes Northern Pass’ ability to help meet the region’s energy challenges. “In addition to diversifying the electricity supply, the utilization of low-carbon hydropower can help meet public policy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“We are extremely pleased that DOE has completed its FEIS and greatly appreciate the years of hard work by all of the experts involved in this thorough review of Northern Pass,” said Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource operations in New Hampshire.  “As this clean energy project continues to advance through the final stages of the New Hampshire permitting process, we are encouraged to have reached this major federal permitting milestone.  We are now another step closer to realizing the many benefits Northern Pass has to offer New Hampshire and the region.”

Highlights of the FEIS include:

  • DOE concludes the proposed Northern Pass route is the “preferred alternative”
  • New England will see a reduction of carbon emissions by 9 percent or 2.5 million metric tons
  • The “total average scenic impact” of Northern Pass is considered “low” to “very low”
  • Northern Pass will create 6,747 jobs in New Hampshire during construction, as well as 901 permanent jobs
  • During construction, Northern Pass will generate more than $734 million of additional economic output within New Hampshire
  • New Hampshire will see an increase of $37 million in annual statewide property tax collections once Northern Pass is built
  • There will be no “population-level effects to any protected species” due to Northern Pass
  • Noise levels associated with Northern Pass during operation will be well below EPA guidance levels
  • Northern Pass poses no health risks associated with EMFs
  • There are no authoritative studies that demonstrate impacts on tourism from transmission lines. Tourism is affected more by factors such as the national economy and the price of gasoline

Northern Pass is now awaiting the issuance of its federal permits, including DOE’s Presidential Permit, a Special Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service, and the Section 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  All major state and federal permits are expected in 2017, and all major contractor and equipment contracts are fully executed.  Northern Pass will be substantially complete by the third quarter of 2020.  Following testing, the line will be in service by the end of 2020.

“New Hampshire and the region are facing serious energy challenges, including having some of the highest electricity prices in the Continental United States,” said Quinlan.  “Customers, businesses and elected officials have been calling for solutions, and the issuance of the FEIS positions NPT well to help address these critical challenges.”

Beyond its clean energy benefits and energy cost savings, Northern Pass will provide a number of benefits unique to New Hampshire, including millions annually in additional tax revenue to communities along the route; $7.5 million to the North Country Job Creation Fund to develop and retain jobs in the North Country; thousands of acres set aside for conservation, recreation and mixed-use; and the $200 million Forward NH Fund to support clean energy innovations, economic development, community investment, and tourism.

The Northern Pass transmission line begins at the Canadian border in Pittsburg, New Hampshire and extends 192 miles to Deerfield, New Hampshire where it connects to the New England grid.  More than 80 percent of the line will be located along existing transmission corridors or buried along roadways to eliminate potential view impacts in the White Mountain National Forest area.  Northern Pass will provide a robust, new interconnection path between the Québec and New England electric systems, and will be controlled by the regional system operator, ISO-New England.

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring to New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower.  This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits to the region, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.  To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH).


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