Posted on March 4th, 2016 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) has issued a notice and order of site inspection to review portions of the Northern Pass route. This site inspection will take place on March 7 and 8 and includes a bus tour along the route, stopping at key points identified in the order.

On March 7, the tour will leave from Colebrook Elementary School to view locations along the route and on March 8, the tour will leave from the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa to view additional locations. You can learn more about the tour, which is open to the public, by reading the SEC order now posted on our website.

This tour and the public hearings being held this month are part of the state permitting process for Northern Pass. The SEC hosted a public hearing on Northern Pass in Meredith on Tuesday, March 1 and the SEC has four more meetings scheduled to gather public input and comment this month. Two of these meetings will be co-hosted with the U.S. Department of Energy, which is also reviewing Northern Pass as part of the project’s federal permitting process.

For more information about the public hearings and how to participate in the process, go to our Project Journal.

March 7

Coös County

(Co-hosted with DOE)

Colebrook Elementary School

27 Dumont Street

Colebrook, NH

 

March 10

Merrimack County 

(Co-hosted with DOE)

Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH

 

March 14

Grafton County 

Plymouth State University

Welcome Center at the Ice Arena

129 NH Rt – 175A

(Holderness Road)

Holderness, NH

 

March 16

Rockingham County

Deerfield Fair Pavilion

49 Stage Road

Deerfield, NH

 


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Posted on December 21st, 2015 by

 

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It was a big year for Northern Pass. In 2015, we announced the Forward NH Plan and a unveiled a redesigned route that includes underground along roads in and around the White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch region. The plan has nearly $4 billion in benefits for New Hampshire and the region, including reduced energy costs, increased tax revenues for New Hampshire communities, a $2.1 billion boost to the state economy and the creation of 2,400 jobs.

Northern Pass also filed its application with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), the state’s siting authority for significant energy projects. We held five Public Information Sessions where residents learned more about the project and submitted comments to the SEC, and we met with municipalities and residents along the route throughout the fall, answering their questions and gathering their feedback.

As the year comes to a close and we prepare for 2016, we wanted to look at the milestones Northern Pass has already reached, and also provide you with information about the next steps the project will take.

In 2015…

January 29: The Coös County Jobs Creation Association announces its members made up of local residents and business owners.

March 26: Northern Pass partners with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create the $3 million Partners for New Hampshire’s Fish and Wildlife. The program aims to protect and restore healthy forests and rivers throughout the state through grants to local organizations doing work to sustain local habitats.

July 21: The Department of Energy releases its draft Environmental Impact Statement, examining the potential impact the project could have on the environment and economy. It shows overall potential visual impact of the project will be low to very low, that Northern Pass will generate $564 million in economic output during construction, and will reduce regional carbon emissions by 8 percent.

August 18: Northern Pass announces the Forward NH Plan, which includes 52 additional miles of underground line, for a total of 60 miles underground, and nearly $4 billion in benefits.

August 31: Hydro-Québec and Eversource Energy reaffirm their commitment to bring clean, competitively-priced electricity to New Hampshire and the region.

September 2-10: Northern Pass held a series of pre-application Public Information Sessions in all five counties where the project will be located as part of our SEC filing process.

October 19: Northern Pass files its application with the SEC.

November 12: The U.S. Department of Energy releases a supplement to the draft Environmental Impact Statement, which focused on the portions of the route that include additional underground lines.

December 7: The SEC votes unanimously that the Northern Pass application is complete.

December 18: The SEC issues a written order officially deeming the Northern Pass application complete and moving the project forward in the state permitting process.

In 2016…

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) process will continue with five post-application Public Information Sessions in January.

  • Merrimack County: January 11 at 6 p.m., Franklin Opera House, 316 Central Street, Franklin, NH
  • Rockingham County: January 13 at 6 p.m., Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH
  • Belknap County: January 14 at 6 p.m., Lake Opechee Inn and Spa, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia, NH
  • Coös County: January 20 at 6 p.m., Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, 101 Mountain View Road, Whitefield, NH
  • Grafton County: January 21 at 6 p.m., The Mountain Club on Loon Resort and Spa, 90 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln, NH

The Department of Energy will also host a series of public hearings where residents can comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement on Northern Pass. The times and locations will be announced soon.


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Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will accept comments on the Northern Pass project, its draft Environmental Impact Statement and Supplement until April 4, 2016. This comment period is an opportunity for New Hampshire residents and other key stakeholders to formally submit their thoughts on the project to the DOE, either in person or in writing.

To keep people up-to-date on its permitting process, the DOE has set up a website specifically for the Northern Pass project (http://www.northernpasseis.us/). It includes the draft EIS, other public documents, and information on how to submit a comment. Because there is a vast amount of information on the DOE’s Northern Pass website, we’ve provided this short tutorial to help walk you through the commenting process.

Commenting online

You can quickly file a comment through the DOE’s online comment form. This page provides links to the Northern Pass draft EIS, as well as the DOE’s Section 106 Review. The draft EIS is a comprehensive study of the potential environmental impact of the project, as well as a number of alternatives routes reviewed by the DOE. The Section 106 Review is part of the overall federal permitting process and is required by the National Historic Preservation Act. It includes studies of the Northern Pass’ potential impact on New Hampshire’s cultural and historic resources, such as historic homes and iconic views.

  • On the online comment form, you will be asked to select whether you are commenting on the draft EIS or the Section 106 Review. If you are not sure which one to select, the DOE has a frequently asked question page with more information.
  • Next, you will be asked to select the topic of your comment. You can select more than one comment by following the directions to the right of the topics menu box.
  • When you are ready to enter your comment, you can do so in the space labeled “comment” box or you can upload it as a separate PDF file. If you wrote your comment in another program, like Microsoft Word, you can use the “Cut and Paste” function by highlighting and cutting the comment and then pasting it in the comment box on the DOE comment form.
  • Once your comment has been entered, fill out the personal information section. Because all comments made here are public information entered into the Northern Pass EIS record, the DOE will display information like full name and address alongside comments posted online. If you want to hide your personal information, click “Protect Private Information” or mention your privacy request at the top of your comment. The DOE “will honor requests to the extent allowable by law.”
  • Once all fields have been filled out, your final step is simply to click “Submit” and your comment will be entered into the record.

Click here to file a comment on Northern Pass and the draft EIS now.

You can also mail, email or phone in your comments directly to the DOE. Here’s how:

  • Email comments on the draft EIS to: draftEIScomments@northernpasseis.us
  • Email comments on the Section 106 review to: Section106comments@northernpasseis.us
  • Mail, call, fax or email comments to:
    Brian Mills
    Senior Planning Advisor
    Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20)
    U.S. Department of Energy
    1000 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20585
    Phone: 202-586-8267
    Fax: 202-586-8008
    Email: Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov

Commenting in person

The DOE is holding a series of public hearings on the Northern Pass project, which will include an opportunity to make an oral comment. Two of these events – Colebrook and Concord – will be conducted in conjunction with the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and will serve as a public hearing for both agencies.

Colebrook (co-hosted with DOE)

Monday, March 7, 5 p.m.
Colebrook Elementary School
27 Dumont Street

Waterville Valley

Wednesday, March 9, 5 p.m.
Waterville Valley Conference & Event Center
56 Packards Road

Concord (co-hosted with DOE)

Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m.
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave

Whitefield

Friday, March 11, 5 p.m.
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
101 Mountain View Road

Other ways to comment

Northern Pass has also filed an application with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC). This is a separate process that includes opportunities for you to comment on the project. Click here if you’d like to learn more about how to submit your comment to the SEC.


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Posted on May 11th, 2015 by

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Incorrect map used in Fundraising letter: Chichester not on route

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Actual map of proposed route: See full map on project website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some New Hampshire residents recently received a letter from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (the Forest Society) asking them to “give generously” to fight the current Northern Pass transmission line project. This campaign aims to raise $475,000 to fund further opposition to the project.

There is inaccurate information about the project that we felt an obligation to clarify so that residents can fully evaluate the facts associated with Northern Pass.

This recent fundraising letter misrepresents the actual Northern Pass route and leaves out important details about the project:

  • According to the Forest Society map included in the letter, the town of Chichester is on the proposed route. Chichester is not along the proposed route and hasn’t been since 2013.
  • The letter states that the project wants to “build more than 40 miles of new transmissionline in northern New Hampshire,” but fails to mention that 8 miles of this section will be constructed underground, under public roadways, and that the remaining miles are on land either owned by Northern Pass or leased from willing landowners.
  • The fundraising letter states that the project wants to “cross three conserved Forest Society Reservations,” but does not tell the reader that those are areas where an electric transmission or transportation corridor already exist today.
  • The letter states that the project poses a “threat to property rights,” but also explains (correctly) that Northern Pass “cannot use the state’s power of eminent domain to take land…,” a contradiction that the Forest Society has repeated on numerous occasions.
  • The letter states that the project as proposed would “build more than 1,500 towers as high as 145 feet…” yet fails to provide any context, leaving readers with a skewed vision of what the project may look like. Along the entire 187 miles of the proposed route, the project includes four (4) structures at 145 feet, and one (1) structure at 155 feet. The majority of the structures in the current proposal are between 85 and 95 feet. Missing, too, is a reminder that almost 80 percent of the proposed route is located along existing transmission corridors, where other power lines already exist.

While we are disappointed that the public is receiving inaccurate information about this important clean energy project, we appreciate the opportunity to correct these misrepresentations via our website, Facebook page, and the many face-to-face meetings we are having across New Hampshire. A comprehensive public permitting process is underway at the federal level, and a state process will soon begin here in New Hampshire. Both of these review processes will consider the facts associated with the proposed project, solicit public input, and determine whether the Northern Pass project satisfies the siting requirements outlined by the Department of Energy and the New Hampshire siting laws governing new energy projects.


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Posted on January 31st, 2014 by

In a letter to Department of Energy this week, the project offered its support to the recent request from the state’s Congressional Delegation for a preliminary report of the alternatives DOE will study as part of the federal permitting process.

As noted in the letter, we believe our proposed route is a sensible one that is respectful of the land and its neighbors and that will provide significant benefits to New Hampshire and New England. Various alternatives have been proposed and we believe an evaluation of the merits of these options, along with the economic implications of each, will be helpful as the permitting process moves forward.

The project’s letter to DOE is available in our document library.


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Posted on October 9th, 2013 by

A series of public meetings were held last month to give New Hampshire residents the chance to share their thoughts on the proposed Northern Pass transmission line project. These events, called scoping meetings, were just part of the ongoing public input process. Many people have already registered their comments through emails and letters. If you haven’t made an official comment on Northern Pass yet, you have just a few more weeks to do so.

From now until Nov. 5, the U.S. Department of Energy will accept written comments on the Northern Pass transmission line.

Here in New Hampshire residents have discussed both sides of this issue with friends, at the corner store and on the editorial pages of our local newspapers. Those discussions are now headed to the Department of Energy and our elected officials in the form of letters and emails. If you support Northern Pass and the clean energy, jobs and economic benefits it will bring New Hampshire, we ask you consider writing a letter to the Department of Energy, our governor and our Congressional delegation.

We understand many of you are busy and may not have much time to submit a comment. However, these letters don’t have to be lengthy; they can be a few short messages about why you favor the project. We appreciate any time and effort you make to show your support.

Below you will find the addresses for the Department of Energy, Gov. Maggie Hassan and our Congressional leaders. We ask you send a copy of your letter or email to everyone on this list to ensure our government and elected officials know that New Hampshire residents want to see more jobs, lower energy rates, more tax revenue and a cleaner energy future.

Northern Pass encourages supporters to let their voice be heard and we thank you again for whatever time you give.

Letters to the Department of Energy can be sent by mail, email, fax or through the online comment form

Brian Mills
Senior Planning Advisor
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20)
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585

Fax: 202-586-8008
Email: Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov

Fill out online comment form here

Gov. Maggie Hassan
Office of the Governor
State House, 107 North Main St.
Concord, NH 03301

Send email here

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
520 Hart SOB
Washington, D.C. 20510

Send email here

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
144 Russell SOB
Washington, D.C. 20510

Send email here

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster
137 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Send email here

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
1530 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Send email here


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Posted on September 27th, 2013 by

Concord DOEPeople from across New Hampshire came out this week to share their thoughts about the Northern Pass project at a series of four U.S. Department of Energy scoping meetings. Dozens of people spoke and many different ideas were presented. Both project supporters and opponents showed how passionate they are when it comes to Northern Pass.

New Hampshire has long been a place that values public engagement and open discourse about important issues. We appreciate that so many participated in the exchange of ideas.

We would like to thank all of those who came to support the Northern Pass and share with their fellow Granite Staters the many benefits of the project. In the coming weeks we will be hosting another round of open houses to speak with residents and answer questions they may have about the project. Please continue to check our Northern Pass website for dates and times.


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Posted on September 25th, 2013 by

The U.S. Department of Energy has been holding a series of public forums this week, called scoping meetings, as part of Northern Pass’ federal permitting process. Two meetings have already been held and the two remaining scoping meetings will be held tonight in Whitefield and tomorrow in Colebrook. These meetings are an important step for the project, but they are also just part of a long process of careful review and scrutiny Northern Pass must undergo before gaining approval.

In October 2010, Northern Pass filed its initial application for a Presidential Permit, which will allow Northern Pass to build a transmission line for the import of Québec hydropower across the Canadian border into the United States. Amendments to the application have been made since then, including one that outlines the new proposed Northern Pass route announced in June.

The DOE will conduct two evaluations, one on environmental impact and another on Northern Pass’ impact on energy reliability. For the Northern Pass, this will include a full Environmental Impact Statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The scoping meetings are focused on gathering information from the public, which will then be used to determine which issues should be studied as the DOE develops its Environmental Impact Statement, and ultimately whether to grant the permit.

The project also submitted an application for a Special Use Permit, which requires specific review of the portion of the proposed line that would travel along an existing 60-year-old utility corridor within the White Mountain National Forest.

Once the environmental analysis and evaluation of the electric reliability criteria is completed, the DOE must obtain a favorable recommendation from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense before a permit may be issued.

As the Presidential permit process continues, Northern Pass will undergo another rigorous review before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. This group of state officials is tasked with ensuring that Northern Pass is in the public’s best interest and that it is designed, built and operated in a manner that will protect and preserve New Hampshire’s high quality of life.

Both the state and federal permitting reviews are well-established methods designed by law to extensively examine new power generation and transmission projects. We hope to see a large number of people participate in the scoping meetings and are eager to keep the conversation going about the benefits Northern Pass will bring New Hampshire.


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Posted on September 24th, 2013 by

Last night the Department of Energy (DOE) held its first scoping meeting in Concord to collect public feedback about the project’s proposed route. We were pleased to see a broad and diverse coalition of supporters attend and voice their support for the clean, low-cost energy, hundreds of green jobs, and millions in new tax revenues Northern Pass will bring to New Hampshire.

Current and former state representatives and senators, business leaders, municipal officials, representatives from the labor community, along with regular New Hampshire citizens, were all among the large contingent of green and blue shirted supporters in attendance.

Since announcing or new, improved route in June, we’ve been working hard to reach out to residents and landowners across New Hampshire to discuss our proposal and answer their questions. Whether it has been at one of our community open houses, individual meetings with landowners, or at a presentation to a local community group, positive feedback and support for the project has been growing.

We understand the public permitting process is just beginning and look forward to the many opportunities in the future for more dialogue on our proposal and the many benefits it can bring to the state and region. We’d like to thank all those who attended and provided comments last night and we are committed to work with all residents, landowners, and stakeholders as the process continues.

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Posted on September 20th, 2013 by

People throughout New Hampshire will have the opportunity next week to share their thoughts about the Northern Pass project at a series of public forums, called scoping meetings. These meetings are hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the federal permitting process for Northern Pass.

Scoping Meetings Schedule:

•Monday, Sept. 23, from 6-9 p.m. – Concord: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave.
•Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5-8 p.m. Plymouth: Plymouth State University Silver Center for the Arts, Hanaway Theater, 114 Main St.
•Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m. – Whitefield: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Presidential Room, 101 Mountain View Rd.
•Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5–8 p.m. – Colebrook: Colebrook Elementary School Gymnasium, 27 Dumont St.

If you wish to speak at a meeting, sign up with Brian Mills at the Department of Energy by calling (202) 586-8267 or by e-mail at Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov. You can also sign up at the event.

What Happens at a Scoping Meeting

Following an open house type presentation by project representatives for the first 30 minutes of the meeting, a formal commenting session will be held where each speaker will be given three minutes to share their thoughts on the project. DOE allows for written comments as well, so if you can’t make a meeting, or prefer not to speak at a meeting, you can write a letter. Letters should be addressed to Brian Mills and can be mailed, faxed or emailed. Contact information, as well as a link to an online comment form, is on the Department of Energy’s website. Please note that all comments must be received by Nov. 5th.

For generations, New Hampshire residents have come together to discuss issues that are important to our state and communities. Please help us make sure all voices are heard by attending one of these meetings. We here at Northern Pass understand that your time is valuable and we appreciate any effort you make to contribute your comments.


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