Posted on March 28th, 2016 by

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) issued a Notice and Order on Friday announcing a hearing on April 12 in Lincoln to discuss pending motions on Northern Pass before the SEC.

The SEC is currently reviewing the Northern Pass application as part of the state’s permitting process. This process also includes a number of hearings, such as next month’s hearing on three pending motions. These motions include:

  • All Requests for Review of the Order on Petitions to Intervene under RSA 1 62-H:4, V
  • Applicant’s Request for Partial Waivers Under the Newly Adopted SEC Rules
  • Applicant’s Unassented-To Motion for Protective Order and Confidential Treatment

At the hearing, the Subcommittee will allow parties that filed written motions and/or objections regarding the above matters to supplement their written motions or objections with oral argument, if necessary. After that time, the Subcommittee will consider and deliberate on the pending motions.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Loon Mountain Resort, 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln. You can read the SEC’s order online here.

Posted on March 28th, 2016 by

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Posted on March 25th, 2011 by

One viewpoint often heard in debate about The Northern Pass project is that New Hampshire doesn’t need this energy, because we are currently a “net exporter” of electricity. The perception is that all of the benefit of the project will go to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

While it’s true that the power plants located in our state contribute more to the regional “power pool” than New Hampshire consumers draw from that pool—on most days of the year—our economy and energy supply are inextricably linked to those of our neighboring states. If every state had to take care of itself from an energy perspective, we’d have some major reliability problems on our hands. We’d also be facing much greater risks of price volatility.

Here are a couple things to consider:

  • As a March 22 editorial in the Laconia Citizen pointed out, New Hampshire is not an island. We are part of a regional energy system. Like other sources of energy in the region, the energy transmitted via The Northern Pass will be delivered into the New England “power pool” that all energy suppliers in the region draw from—including those who supply New Hampshire customers. A study by Charles River Associates on the impact of The Northern Pass estimates a wholesale cost reduction of between $200 – $325 million in New England as a result of The Northern Pass, including a cost reduction in New Hampshire of $25 – $30 million.
  • Our energy position is not as invulnerable as some may think. The region’s energy supply, which New Hampshire draws from, is becoming less diverse and more susceptible to price volatility and reliability risks. Looking forward, ISO-New England is concerned about the region’s growing dependency on natural gas, its diminishing fuel diversity, and the performance of its energy resources under stressed operating conditions. New Hampshire is not immune from these risks, and would benefit from the inclusion of reliable, competitively priced hydropower from The Northern Pass in the regional power pool.

Posted on March 25th, 2011 by

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