Northern Pass denied

Feb 02, 2018

In a surprise early decision, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) voted against the Northern Pass transmission line project.

Eversource, the company behind the Northern Pass, plans on appealing the decision.

About the vote

The SEC voted against the project because the transmission would violate one important criteria: it would “unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region.” The SEC referenced the potential negative impacts on tourism, business development, and property values.

Northern Pass gets federal approval

Nov 17, 2017

On Thursday, November 16 the federal Department of Energy approved the presidential permit for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission Line project.

The Northern Pass is a proposed 192-mile transmission line through New Hampshire that will connect hydropower from Canada to the New England grid.

Click here to learn more about the Northern Pass.

Dept. of Energy recommends Northern Pass approval

Aug 11, 2017
Northern Pass

On Thursday, August 10 the U.S. Department of Energy issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Northern Pass transmission line.  The FEIS recommends the federal government grant a permit for the project.

Permitting process for the Northern Pass

The Northern Pass must receive a 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. 

Competition for Northern Pass?

Mar 29, 2017
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Another New England electricity provider has proposed a transmission line to carry hydropower from Quebec through New Hampshire.

The proposal, titled Granite State Power Link, bears some marked similarities to the Northern Pass proposal. 

Granite State Power Link would carry roughly 1,200 megawatts of power from hydroelectric dams in Quebec at a price of roughly $1 billion.  The Northern Pass would carry roughly 1,100 megawatts from Quebec at a price of roughly $1.6 billion.

Town right to veto power line projects?

Jul 11, 2017
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This issue was raised via HB 145  in the New Hampshire Legislature this past session but was killed in the House.  

HB 145 required towns and cities to approve high-voltage power line projects—such as, for example, the Northern Pass. The bill set out various procedures for approval, including:

Get involved in Northern Pass process

Jul 26, 2016

The attorney appointed to represent the interests of the public in the Northern Pass approval process is holding five public workshops to identify the potential impact on scenic, historic, and cultural areas.

The Northern Pass is a proposed transmission line that would carry Canadian hydropower through New Hampshire.

NH 8th on energy costs

Jul 20, 2016

A new report from WalletHub ranked New Hampshire 8th in the nation on energy costs.  

The report ranked states based on the average monthly consumption and average retail price of electricity, natural gas, home heating oil, and motor fuel.

New Hampshire’s rank was driven by high electricity and natural gas prices, and high consumption of home heating oil.

Seacoast transmission line project moves forward

Jun 28, 2016

The state Site Evaluation Committee has accepted an application from Eversource to build a new transmission line on the seacoast.  

The proposed Seacoast Reliability Project will start in Madbury, travel through Durham and Newington, and end in Portsmouth.

Hassan signs energy corridor bill

Jun 10, 2016

On Thursday, June 9 Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 626, a bill that allows utilities to bury transmission lines along major highways.

Current Department of Transportation (DOT) policy discourages the burying of lines along highways.  HB 626 instructs the DOT to change this policy and allow developers to apply to bury transmission lines along I-89, I-93, I-95, and Route 101.

Judge dismisses Northern Pass lawsuit

Jun 01, 2016

A judge has dismissed a case from the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) against the Northern Pass transmission line project.

SPNHF sued over a plan to bury lines along Route 3, through conservation land owned by the Society. 

New Hampshire law allows utilities to bury gas or electric lines along public rights of way such as Route 3, with permission from the state.  

SPNHF argued that the Northern Pass is an exception to the law, because the Northern Pass is a for-profit project not necessary for the reliability for the regional electric grid.  


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