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:
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.