Northern Pass Is Bad for New Hampshire!

Northern Pass, a 192-mile, high-voltage transmission line proposed by Hydro-Quebec and Eversource, is neither green nor clean. The line would carry hydroelectricity from Canada to southern New England, simply using New Hampshire as a huge extension cord to bring power to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

New Hampshire needs our help to STOP Northern Pass from ruining its natural heritage. From the North Country to Concord, this project would destroy our scenic landscapes and habitats. People from not only New Hampshire but neighboring states as well understand that Northern Pass will degrade natural and recreation resources of state, regional, and national importance. Learn more.

Sign the Petition

Now is a critical time more than ever for you to voice your opposition to Northern Pass. Sign the petition to urge the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to protect our natural heritage by denying Northern Pass approval of its application.

Permitting Updates

Northern Pass needs a Presidential Permit from the US Department of Energy to cross into the nation from Canada. DOE has issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project and held a series of hearings in the state. DOE is now writing the Final Environmental Impact Statement and will hold another round of hearings at a later date.

Northern Pass must also receive approval from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to start construction. The SEC held public hearings along the proposed route in March and June, and are now going through technical sessions on the project with intervenors. The SEC is still taking comments from the public on Northern Pass: learn how to contact the SEC.

Featured Video

Watch our video featuring the voices of New Hampshire residents impacted by Northern Pass:

And if you haven’t already, be sure to watch the “Tucker’s Turn” videos (first video; second video).
 

Say No Today!

PUC Rejects Eversource Plan for 20-Year Agreement with Hydro-Quebec

SOURCE: InDepthNH
AUTHOR: Nancy West

The state Public Utilities Commission has dismissed Eversource’s petition for a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Renewable Energy saying it would violate state law.

The proposed Agreement would have allowed Eversource to buy 100 megawatts of electricity from Hydro-Quebec, then resell it to the wholesale energy market and include the net costs or benefits of its purchases and sales in its electric distribution rates.

The plan was supposed to benefit New Hampshire by making sure 100 megawatts, or 10 percent of Northern Pass’ total 1,090 megawatts of electricity, stayed in the state.

Northern Pass spokesman Martin Murray said such a Power Purchase Agreement, known as a PPA, is not required as part of Northern Pass’ permitting process that is pending before the state Site Evaluation Committee.

And the PUC’s ruling is either no big deal or a “serious setback” for Northern Pass depending on whether it is Murray or an opponent of the project as it stands explaining Monday’s order.

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NH Commission Stops Eversource Scheme to Gamble Public Money

SOURCE: Conservation Law Foundation
AUTHOR: Josh Block

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a decision from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) dismissing Eversource’s proposal to purchase and re-sell electricity from the proposed Northern Pass transmission line. The PUC found that this proposal violates state law governing the role and scope of utility companies.

“For the second time in six months, the PUC has shot down an Eversource scheme that would put New Hampshire businesses and families at risk,” said CLF New Hampshire Director Tom Irwin. “From financing gas pipelines to tipping the scales for Northern Pass, Eversource keeps trying – and failing – to gamble its customers’ hard-earned money on unnecessary and unwanted infrastructure. As the illusion of Northern Pass’s public value continues to be shattered, it’s only a matter of time before the whole thing comes tumbling down.”

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PUC Short Circuits Eversource Deal to Buy Power Tied to Northern Pass

SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader
AUTHOR: Paul Feely

The state’s Public Utilities Commission on Monday ruled against a petition filed last June by Eversource seeking approval of a proposed 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Renewable Energy, after determining the proposal is “inconsistent with New Hampshire law.”

Eversource announced in June 2016 it had reached an agreement with HydroQuebec (HQ) guaranteeing at least 100 megawatts from the proposed Northern Pass project would be available to New Hampshire consumers at lower-than-market prices.

Eversource cited the possibility of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with HQ as one of the benefits of the controversial transmission project, that would run 192 miles from the Canadian border to Deerfield.

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