Posted on October 16th, 2016 by

A new emergency radio transmissions antenna in the North Country is enhancing public safety by providing service in areas that were previously dead-zones. The new equipment has made it possible for first responders to dispatch and receive critical information during an incident in areas where service was historically limited.

“We appreciate the enhanced radio service that is possible thanks to funding from Northern Pass,” said Gerry Marcou, Coös County Sherriff. “The new technology facilitates our deputies’ work to protect the citizens of Coos County, making our police force more efficient and our community safer.”

Before this new equipment was installed on Morse Mountain cell tower in Groveton, there were areas where first responders were unable to communicate with each other at all. The new technology has made it possible for first responders to use portable radios at the scene of an incident. The new radio system went live in September, providing greatly enhanced radio communications to Whitefield, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Northumberland, Stark, Stratford and Lunenburg, Vermont.

“If we are responding to an emergency inside a home and something changes drastically, we are able to immediately call for back-up,” said Steven Jones, Assistant Fire Chief of Lancaster. “With this system, we have seen a significant improvement in the efficiency of our communications.”

Additionally, the new equipment is making it easier for communities to call for and provide mutual aid during major emergency events.

“The majority of our firefighters are volunteers,” Jones said. “Prior to the installation of the radio equipment, if a volunteer firefighter lived in a dead zone, they wouldn’t get the call. Thanks to this emergency radio equipment, we are able to direct our personnel to an emergency more quickly and efficiently.”

The Northern Pass Transmission Project, as part of its Forward NH Plan, funded the installation of the public safety service antenna, and will continue to pay the associated annual rental expense. This new emergency radio equipment will build upon the success in filling gaps in the region’s broadband and cellular coverage achieved with the construction of the Morse Mountain cell tower, which was also funded in part by the Northern Pass project.

The emergency radio equipment is one of a number of commitments by Northern Pass as part of its Forward New Hampshire plan. The project also funded the recent installation of LED streetlights in Lancaster and an electric vehicle charging station at Roger’s Campground in Lancaster.


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Posted on July 29th, 2016 by

Northern Pass Funds Energy Efficiency Project

LANCASTER, New Hampshire (July 29, 2016) – Local electricians are completing the installation of high-efficiency LED streetlights in the North Country town of Lancaster. The improvement will result in significant energy efficiency savings for the town and enhance its downtown area.

LED Streetlight InstallationThe conversion of approximately 260 street lights to energy-efficient light fixtures was funded by the Northern Pass Transmission project as part of its Forward New Hampshire plan. The replacement will reduce Lancaster’s street-light energy consumption by about 63,000 kilowatt hours a year.

“Converting to LEDs will modernize our streetlights, reduce energy consumption and provide savings,” said Lancaster Town Manager Ed Sampson. “And, thanks to the Northern Pass grant, this project will move forward at no cost to the taxpayers.”

A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. LED bulbs last longer, are more durable and offer a higher quality of light than other types of lighting, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Installing LED Streetlight Closeup“The savings are huge in terms of dollars,” said Randy Perkins, Eversource Strategic Account Executive. “Switching to LED streetlights can result in more than 60 percent energy savings, and because they last up to 90 percent longer than traditional lights, they also result in savings on maintenance. Additionally, LED lights are more aesthetically pleasing and spill less upward light into the sky, reducing light pollution.”

A handful of communities in the Granite State have converted to LED streetlights to date, including Manchester, Allenstown, Goffstown, Franklin and Derry. The Lancaster project is the first in New Hampshire’s North Country.

“Investing in energy efficiency enhancements is one of the best ways for communities and businesses to reduce operating costs,” said Paul Ramsey of Eversource. “We are pleased to work with Lancaster on such an impactful energy efficiency project.”

The contractor completing the LED installation in Lancaster is Ray’s Electric of Berlin, a local business that has been operating in the North Country since 1957.

“We are proud to serve our neighbors in Coös County and are excited to complete a project that will generate cost savings for the town, as well as provide enjoyment for tourists and residents visiting downtown Lancaster,” said Steve Binette, President of Ray’s Electric.

The LED street-light installation is one of a number of commitments by Northern Pass as part of its Forward New Hampshire plan. The project also funded the recent installation of an electric vehicle charging station at Roger’s Campground in Lancaster.

For more information about LED lights, check out the DOE’s list of The Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know about LEDs.

About Northern Pass – The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will provide New Hampshire and New England up to 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and competitively-priced power will also bring a range of benefits to New Hampshire, including hundreds of millions of dollars in energy cost savings, additional tax revenue, and thousands of jobs during construction and beyond. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us. You can also email questions to info@northernpass.us or call 1–800–286–7305.

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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 May 20th, 2016 by

Northern Pass Forward NH Fund Tapped to Support Tourism Initiative

LANCASTER, N.H. (May 20, 2016) – A state of the art electric vehicle (EV) “Fast Charger” station has been installed at Rogers Campground in Coös County and is now available for public use. The fast charger, the first to be located in New Hampshire’s North Country, was purchased and installed with a grant from the Northern Pass Transmission project “Forward New Hampshire Fund.”

Crosby Peck

Crosby Peck

“EVs are here and more are on the way,” said Crosby Peck, owner and operator of Rogers Campground. “I am already seeing some campers with electric cars attached to their RVs. This fast charger will attract a segment of our tourist population that I expect will continue to grow each year. I appreciate the support of Northern Pass in providing the necessary funding.”

By using the fast charger, new and future generations of electric cars can be almost fully charged in about 20 minutes. The station helps fill a coverage gap for the important technology. It is the only such fast charger station in New Hampshire north of Nashua and Salem.

“This is exactly the type of initiative we envisioned when we developed the Forward New Hampshire Fund,” noted Paul Ramsey of Eversource. “It will support tourism, which is so important to the state, and it’s an innovative clean energy solution.”

“This is one of a limited number of advanced commitments of the Forward New Hampshire Fund,” Ramsey said. “The fund will be officially established when the Northern Pass project enters into operation. At that time an Advisory Board, including representatives of the North Country, will review funding opportunities and make recommendations for funding. We look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.”

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The station at Rogers Campground includes plugs for two specific fast charger standards, “CHAdeMO” and “SAE CCS.” EVs that utilize the technology include:

CHAdeMO

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Mitsubishi iMiev
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Tesla (w/standard adaptor)

SAE CCS

  • Chevrolet Bolt (available late 2016)
  • VW Golf electric
  • BMW i3
  • Future: Audi, Volvo, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler

“Electric vehicles are an important and growing segment of the nation’s transportation future,” noted Watson Collins, Eversource Manager of Business Development. “New Hampshire’s Energy Strategy focuses on EVs as an important tool in reducing reliance on imported fuels. This new fast charger station is key to providing current and future EV drivers with a sense of security that they can quickly, and cleanly, charge up and get back on the road.”

About Northern Pass – The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will provide New Hampshire and New England up to 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and competitively-priced power will also bring a range of benefits to New Hampshire, including hundreds of millions of dollars in energy cost savings, additional tax revenue, and thousands of jobs during construction and beyond. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us .You can also email questions to info@northernpass.us or call 1-800-286-7305.

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Contact :
Martin Murray
603.634.2228
martin.murray@eversource.com


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WHITEFIELD, New Hampshire (May 19, 2016) – The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee today heard oral arguments on a procedural schedule for the Northern Pass’ application.  After deliberation, the SEC voted to establish September 30, 2017 as the deadline by which it will provide a written decision on Northern Pass’ application for a Certificate of Site and Facilities.

“Today’s decision by the NH Site Evaluation Committee to extend the time frame for assessing Northern Pass is disappointing, since it will only delay the realization of the substantial benefits of this project in New Hampshire and throughout New England,” said Bill Quinlan, President, Eversource New Hampshire Operations.  “We look forward to the written order outlining the details of this schedule, and in the meantime will be evaluating our options for seeking reconsideration.”

Despite today’s ruling, the New England governors all agree that the region needs new sources of clean energy to help stabilize the price and supply of electricity and to meet the states’ clean energy goals. Northern Pass will deliver 1,090 MW of clean, renewable electricity to New England and New Hampshire, and create a rare combination of economic and environmental benefits. This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 3.3 million tons a year, while simultaneously providing $3.8 billion in economic stimulus in New Hampshire, reducing the electricity costs of New Hampshire customers by more than $80 million annually, creating more than 2,600 New Hampshire jobs at peak construction, generating an estimated $600 million in new taxes, and providing $200 million in funding for community betterment, economic development, clean energy and tourism. These benefits will be accomplished at no cost to New Hampshire customers.

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will provide New Hampshire and New England up to 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and competitively-priced power will also bring a range of benefits to New Hampshire, including hundreds of millions of dollars in energy cost savings, additional tax revenue, and thousands of jobs during construction and beyond. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us .You can also email questions to info@northernpass.us or call 1-800-286-7305.

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Martin Murray
603.634.2228
martin.murray@eversource.com


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Posted on April 21st, 2016 by

The following press release was issued Thursday morning.

MANCHESTER, N.H. April 21, 2016 – Northern Pass Transmission LLC has secured agreements with a  highly experienced team of contractors and material suppliers who will execute the engineering, design and construction of the Northern Pass transmission line once the project receives state and federal permits.

“The knowledge and expertise these industry-leading companies bring to the project will complement the strengths that Eversource and Hydro-Québec have demonstrated as award-winning energy project developers,” said Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire.  “Securing agreements with these contractors now puts Northern Pass in a strong position to begin the construction phase as soon as all permits are secured.”

Project construction partners include:

PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. (PAR) will serve as the General Contractor for the project, responsible for overall project management, schedule and cost control, coordinating the work of all contractors and material suppliers, and procuring materials as needed. PAR will construct all overhead portions of the lines, build all substations and transition stations, install the duct bank, and perform the horizontal directional drilling on the underground segments of the line.  PAR’s New Hampshire office is in the town of Bow.  The company is a subsidiary of Quanta Services, which is the largest transmission and distribution specialty contractor in North America.

Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. is an engineering and design firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, with offices throughout New England, including Manchester. Burns and McDonnell has been working with Northern Pass since the early stages of its development and will continue to be engaged as part of the project team.

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. It will engineer and fabricate the underground DC cable and the converter station in Franklin, as well as equipment at the Deerfield substation required to support interconnecting the Northern Pass line to the regional electric grid.

M.J. Electric, LLC (MJE), another subsidiary of Quanta Services, will work with ABB to engineer and construct the converter station.

Northern Pass has also secured prices on all significant materials and equipment that will be used to build both the overhead and underground portions of the line, which helps solidify the project cost estimate of $1.6 billion.

In 2015, Eversource announced its New Hampshire First jobs initiative, including its commitment to hiring New Hampshire workers whenever possible for construction of Northern Pass. Eversource is partnering with local non-union contractors and electrical workers’ unions to help construct and maintain more than $2 billion in proposed energy projects throughout the state, including Northern Pass.

“Northern Pass will provide a unique opportunity to work on one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history,” said Quinlan. “I have spoken to many highly-skilled men and women around the state who are eager to work on a multi-year project close to home.  The project is going to provide significant opportunities for a wide range of New Hampshire workers.”

In the coming months, Northern Pass and its contractors will host events throughout New Hampshire that will provide local subcontractors an opportunity to discuss the general construction approach for the project, including the sequencing of the work, what local skills and resources will be required, and how the hiring process will occur. Northern Pass will create 2,600 jobs during construction, including:  logging, excavating, gravel, trucking, concrete, electrical utility work, paving, fencing and landscaping. In addition, the project will require other general services and materials, including traffic control, security, equipment rental, waste management, among others.

Northern Pass is a 192-mile high-voltage transmission line that will connect New Hampshire and the New England electric grid to 1,090 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower generated in Canada. The project is currently in the process of securing state and federal permits, and is projected to begin construction in 2017 and be operational in mid-2019.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Recognized as the top-ranked “green” utility in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy).

CONTACT:

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


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Posted on January 28th, 2016 by

The following press release was issued Thursday morning.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (January 28, 2016) – Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) today submitted a comprehensive proposal to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island in response to a joint Clean Energy RFP. The NPT proposal will substantially reduce both energy prices and greenhouse gas emissions, improve winter reliability issues and add much-needed fuel diversity to the region’s energy mix—all while providing unmatched benefits and value for New England electric consumers.

“Our proposal offers the cleanest, most reliable and cost-effective energy product in the marketplace today,” said Tom May, Eversource Chairman, President and CEO. “We are ready to move ahead with our partner, Hydro-Québec (HQ), to help solve New England’s clean energy challenges.”

Northern Pass will bring 1,090 MW of clean, reliable hydroelectricity from HQ’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 advancing in the siting process, and the project is on-track to be in service in May, 2019. NPT’s bid includes a fixed construction price of $1.6 billion, with the project seeking recovery of a portion of that cost from utilities participating in the solicitation. New Hampshire customers will not pay for the construction of the project.

Hydro-Québec: Providing a Firm Supply of Clean Power All Year Long

HQ is providing a unique delivery commitment to ensure that at least 6.3 terawatt hours (TWh) of firm hydro power from existing resources will be delivered into New England when customers need it the most—during peak demand periods and throughout the year when supplies are scarce and prices are at their highest. This proposal ensures that a guaranteed annual amount of energy is delivered to the New England wholesale energy market at prevailing market prices. HQ will transfer and verify the environmental attributes of the delivered power.

“Hydro-Québec has been a major participant and ally in the New England market for decades now but we can do more, through the guaranteed deliveries that are being proposed in this bid, to help the region meet its greenhouse reduction goals,” said Éric Martel, Hydro-Québec’s CEO. “We firmly believe that this project is an important part of the solution to expanding New England’s clean energy supply and offers increased reliability for both the Québec and New England grids.”

Substantial Clean Energy & Economic Benefits

Northern Pass will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 3 million tons a year, helping the region meet future clean energy requirements. In addition, the project will substantially lower and stabilize energy prices, generating billions of dollars in associated business and residential customer savings. With 6,200 direct and secondary jobs during the peak construction period and $600 million in new taxes, Northern Pass will have a significant economic impact in the region.

A World Class Construction Team – Extensive Cost Containment Steps

NPT and HQ have assembled a highly experienced team of contractors and equipment suppliers to complement our strengths as experienced, award-winning project developers. Accordingly, the project’s fixed construction price bid is the result of agreements reached with strategic partners, including Quanta Services, the largest transmission and distribution specialty contractor in North America, who will serve as the general contractor and assume the construction risk. Northern Pass has taken the additional steps to secure pricing on all materials and equipment, including with ABB, who will engineer and construct the underground DC cable and the converter station in Franklin, New Hampshire.  All strategic partners have pledged to adhere to Eversource’s “New Hampshire first” commitment in considering qualified, local contractors and workers for project positions before hiring elsewhere.

“We’ve developed this bid as a cost-effective solution to the region’s energy needs, and because we believe it is a win-win for New England consumers,” said Bill Quinlan, President of New Hampshire Operations for Eversource. “Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have the opportunity to advance their clean energy goals, while New Hampshire will not only share the inherent clean energy benefits, but will also receive substantial economic and environmental benefits unique to the Granite State.”

 

The Northern Pass is a 192-mile electric transmission line project that will bring New Hampshire and the rest of New England 1,090 megawatts of clean hydropower. This reliable and affordable source of power will also bring a wide range of benefits exclusively to New Hampshire, including millions of dollars in energy cost savings, additional tax revenue, and jobs during construction. To learn more about Northern Pass, go to www.northernpass.us. You can also email questions to info@northernpass.us or call 1-800-286-7305.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy).

Hydro‑Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Its sole shareholder is the Québec government. While using mainly hydroelectric generation, it supports the development of other technologies—such as wind energy and biomass—through purchases from independent power producers. It also conducts R&D in energy-related fields, including energy efficiency. The company has four divisions: Hydro-Québec Production, Hydro-Québec Transénergie , Hydro-Québec Distribution and Hydro-Québec Équipement et services partagés and Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ), a subsidiary of Hydro‑Québec. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@HydroQuébec)

 

CONTACT:

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

Lauren Collins
603-634-2418
lauren.collins@eversource.com

Gary Sutherland
514-289-4418
sutherland.gary@hydro.qc.ca


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Posted on December 18th, 2015 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) today released a written order formally accepting the Northern Pass permit application. This formal decision follows the SEC’s unanimous vote on December 7, 2015 to accept the application and move forward with the review process.

The issuance of the written order officially begins the Northern Pass state permitting process, a process that will include a thorough review of project details and a number of opportunities for the public to participate. Under state law, the SEC will preside over a series of post-application Public Information Sessions within the next 45 days, one in each of the five counties where the project will be located. The SEC will issue a procedural order identifying the times and locations of these five sessions. These hearings will be similar to the pre-filing Public Information Sessions Northern Pass held in September, where residents can submit questions and offer comments to the SEC about the project. The dates and locations of these sessions will be announced as they are confirmed.

In addition, the public will have another chance to participate in a series of public hearings to be conducted by the SEC within 90 days of the acceptance of the Northern Pass application. As with the Public Information Sessions, the SEC will conduct a public hearing in each county where the project will be located.

Bill Quinlan, president of N.H. electric operations for Eversource, said the SEC’s announcement today signifies a major milestone for Northern Pass.

“Clean energy projects like Northern Pass are vital to securing the region’s power supply and stabilizing energy prices,” said Quinlan. “Adding new, competitively-priced sources of clean energy can help New Hampshire and New England respond to the closing of existing power plants that we have long relied on. With the SEC’s acceptance of the project’s application as complete, Northern Pass can continue to move forward in its efforts to deliver a clean energy solution that our customers desperately need.”

UPDATE: The SEC has issued its procedural order that identifies the dates and locations of the Public Information Sessions. You can get more information about the sessions by following this link: http://blog.northernpass.us/2015/12/22/state-sets-the-next-steps-northern-pass-public-information-sessions-to-be-held-in-january/


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Posted on November 20th, 2015 by

Northern Pass submitted a letter today to the Department of Energy supporting Governor Maggie Hassan’s request to reschedule three hearings currently slated for the week before Christmas. We recognize the concerns many people have about trying to attend the hearings in the midst of the holiday season. We believe that holding the hearings in January and scheduling an additional hearing in northern Coös County would facilitate broad participation and minimize inconvenience to the public without causing any unwarranted delay in the overall schedule.


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Posted on November 12th, 2015 by

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a Supplement to its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Northern Pass project, finding that our proposed route would have the same or fewer impacts than alternative routes analyzed in the draft EIS that was released in July.

As noted in the Supplement, almost all of the work needed to fully analyze the modified route, identified by DOE as Alternative 7, is already encompassed by the draft EIS. Northern Pass is confident that the modified route and Forward NH Plan represent a balanced approach to meeting the region’s energy needs, while offering unique benefits to New Hampshire. The release of the Supplement to the draft EIS underscores that.

Notable takeaways from the Supplement to the EIS include:

  • Potential impacts resulting from Alternative 7 would be similar to or less than impacts disclosed in the draft EIS.
  • An adjusted border crossing, three miles of additional buried line in Bethlehem, and new transition stations not previously analyzed would “result in impacts of the same nature as those discussed in the draft EIS.”
  • Alternative 7 is projected to create more jobs over the construction period than the Northern Pass’ previously preferred route. The net change in average scenic impact for Alternative 7 is less than the previously preferred route and less than the other partial-underground Alternatives analyzed in the draft EIS.

Northern Pass in August unveiled a modified route that includes an additional 52 miles of underground technology that eliminates the potential for visual impacts in and around the White Mountain National Forest. In addition to the improved route, Northern Pass announced the Forward NH Plan, a comprehensive package of environmental and economic benefits totaling nearly $4 billion in value.

The DOE will hold several public meetings next month to take comment on the draft EIS and the Supplement.  It announced it has extended the comment period and will accept comments until January 4th, 2016.  The dates and locations are as follows.

  • Tuesday, December 15 in Whitefield, NH
  • Wednesday, December 16 in Concord, NH
  • Thursday, December 17 in Plymouth, NH

For more information about the draft EIS and Supplement visit http://www.northernpasseis.us/

The opportunity for public input is also available as part of the state siting process, now currently underway. Northern Pass submitted its application for a Certificate of Site and Facility with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) in October. The SEC is expected to hold a series of Public Information Sessions early next year.

For more information on the project and how to submit comments to either the DOE or the NH SEC, visit www.northernpass.us.


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Posted on October 19th, 2015 by

Northern Pass Project Files for NH State Siting Approval

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (October 19, 2015) – The challenge of solving New England’s energy crisis received a significant boost today as Eversource’s Northern Pass project filed its application for siting approval with New Hampshire state regulators. The much-needed energy solution includes a firm commitment from Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest energy producer, to provide New Hampshire and New England with a significant amount of reliable, competitively priced, clean hydropower for decades to come, when the energy is most needed, uniquely differentiating Northern Pass from other proposals. The project’s reliable supply from a proven partner comes at a time when the region faces historic energy price and supply challenges. Northern Pass will deliver up to 1,090 megawatts of energy, enough to power more than one million homes. It will lower New England’s annual energy costs by more than $850 million, greatly assist in meeting the region’s clean air goals, and add needed diversity to its energy mix.

The full application will soon be available on the project website; an Executive Summary (PDF) of the application is available now.

NP SEC Filing“Today’s filing marks another important milestone in our effort to deliver a clean energy solution that our customers desperately need in order to diversify our power supply and stabilize energy prices,” said Bill Quinlan, President of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire. “This is especially important as the region’s existing generation fleet undergoes rapid and significant changes, including the closing of existing power plants that New Hampshire and New England have relied on for decades. Northern Pass, and its clean, affordable power supply of the future, will help to answer the need to replace those units.”

The filing with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) is being made as New Hampshire and the region brace for another winter of increased energy prices, the result of constrained natural gas pipelines and inadequate energy supplies to replace the output from several large fossil-fired and nuclear power plants that have or will soon retire. These pressures continue to keep electricity prices in New Hampshire and New England substantially higher than the U.S. average. The closing of existing nuclear power plants, which emit very little carbon, also challenges the region’s clean air goals. The power provided by Northern Pass will help in the effort, by reducing carbon emissions in the area by up to 3.3 million metric tons a year, the equivalent of taking more than 690,000 cars off the road.

The application includes a new project cost estimate of $1.6 billion, up from $1.4 billion, reflecting updated pricing to support project changes announced in August as part of the Forward NH Plan, when the project committed to bury an additional 52 miles of the line. The burial eliminates potential view impacts in and around the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, the Rocks Estate, Franconia Notch and surrounding areas. Since the announcement of the Forward NH Plan, Northern Pass has selected cable and converter manufacturers whose technology is capable of delivering up to 1,090 megawatts of clean, renewable hydro power to New Hampshire. A $200 million Forward NH Fund will be part of the project’s annual operating expense and is not part of the new project cost estimate.

In addition, other engineering and design changes have been made to further address view concerns, including lowering structure heights, modifying structure designs, and working with property owners to address individual issues. In response to feedback received at five recent public information sessions, Northern Pass has modified more than 60 additional structures to address potential view impacts along scenic byways, as well as river and highway crossings.

NH Siting Process

The SEC reviews all applications for siting and construction of large-scale energy facilities, including transmission projects like the Northern Pass. After an extensive adjudicative proceeding, the SEC decides whether to issue a Certificate of Site and Facility. The SEC process is expected to last approximately 14 months and will include numerous opportunities for public input. In addition to the public information sessions already held, future information sessions will take place as part of the SEC review process. Northern Pass is expected to be online in 2019.

“Our Forward NH Plan, including the project we have now filed with the SEC, represents a balanced approach that is based on extensive feedback from across New Hampshire to deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits to our state and the region,” said Quinlan. “As we move forward in the state siting process, and beyond into construction, we will continue our outreach efforts with landowners, communities, and others to look for ways to address local issues. Throughout this project, on-going dialogue and listening remain top priorities.”

The SEC application being filed today is consistent with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) issued last July. Northern Pass is moving forward with its application to the SEC as it awaits a supplement to the DEIS. The project will now pursue state approvals in parallel with completion of the federal review process.

The Forward NH Plan

In addition to revising the project route to include additional underground construction and making other engineering and design changes, the project in August announced other elements of its Forward NH Plan.

The plan includes the establishment of a $200 million Forward NH Fund, dedicated to important initiatives in tourism, economic development, community investment and clean energy innovation. The plan also reaffirmed the project’s commitment to hire local New Hampshire workers and contractors first, and its engagement in a first-of-its-kind training program to provide New Hampshire electrical worker apprentices with hands-on experience.

With the addition of the project’s new clean energy supply to the region’s energy market, New Hampshire customers will realize $800 million in retail cost savings over the first 10 years of operation through lower wholesale power costs. Additional savings for Eversource customers in New Hampshire will be realized through a firm power purchase agreement that is being finalized with Hydro-Québec. Energy cost savings and carbon emission reductions have been calculated by London Economics and are contained in a new analysis included in the project’s application to the SEC.

For more information about the new Northern Pass route and our Forward NH Plan, visit www.northernpass.us/forward-nh-press-kit.htm.

The Northern Pass Transmission project will be capable of delivering up to 1,090 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower from the vast reserves of Hydro-Québec into the New England grid and offer unique economic and clean energy benefits to the state of New Hampshire. In addition to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, the project is being considered by the U.S. Department of Energy and has a target in-service date of spring, 2019. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of 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).

CONTACT:

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

Lauren Collins
603-634-2418
lauren.collins@eversource.com


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