On April 23, Northern Pass opponents from throughout the Granite State came together for a large and successful rally at the State House in Concord. Thank you to everyone who came out to spread our message! If you weren’t able to make it, check out this video for some of the highlights:
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.
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.
Watch our video featuring the voices of New Hampshire residents impacted by Northern Pass:
You may have noticed that Northern Pass has hit a bit of a rough patch in the past few months. While the project has only its own flaws to blame for its recent troubles, there has never been more reason for us to emphatically say NO.
Check out and a breakdown of its recent stumbles below:
- FEBRUARY 14: A WMUR poll shows waning support for Northern Pass among New Hampshire residents.
- MARCH 8: Hydro-Quebec says it will not pay for Northern Pass’s burial in New Hampshire, placing the costs squarely on U.S. ratepayers. The statement sent Eversource into a tizzy of damage control in the following days. It was too late – the truth was out.
- MARCH 20: Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth stands up for Granite State ratepayers and writes a letter to Eversource expressing concern about who will pay for Northern Pass.
- MARCH 22: We have company! Canadian opposition to Northern Pass continues to grow.
- MARCH 17: Eversource’s Power Purchase Agreement, a key component of the proposed project, is rejected by the state.
Although these developments are encouraging, now is not the time to take our foot off the pedal. Continue to say NO to Northern Pass in every way you can and we will defeat this project.
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.