When it comes to New Hampshire’s future, there is no room for rumors. We’re working hard to counter the barrage of misinformation, so here are some resources to get you started – check back often as we’re adding new information and resources all the time!
What Is the Northern Pass?
A high-voltage electric transmission line traversing 186 miles through New Hampshire to bring hydropower from Québec to the New England electric grid.
This project requires tower structures up to 155 feet high and rights of way up to 410 feet wide. With towers placed roughly every 800 feet, the Northern Pass will cut a swath through some of New Hampshire’s most scenic landscapes, such as the White Mountains National Forest, the Pondicherry division of Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, private conservation lands, numerous wetlands, and other areas.
This project will degrade natural and recreation resources of state, regional, and national importance.
How Will This Project Affect You?
The proposed Northern Pass project will not only change the environment and physical landscape, but also profoundly alter the local and regional economy.
This project will destroy wildlife habitats and migration routes, slicing through the White Mountain National Forest, cutting the Appalachian Trail and undermine the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge.
The potential destruction of national parks, protected lands and New Hampshire’s “viewsheds” is unacceptable. These areas are a major draw for visitors and represent a significant investment in New Hampshire’s future. Without a doubt, this project will have major economic implications for tourism and other associated industries here in the Granite State.
The economic implications continue, with home and property value depreciation, destruction of potential agricultural lands and increased dependence on foreign energy.
With New Hampshire’s total energy consumption and per capita energy consumption among the lowest in the nation, how would residents benefit? They won’t. Due to the first 140 miles of the line being high-voltage direct current (DC), residents, businesses and power suppliers cannot “plug into” the line to obtain or sell electric power.
This project is not about access to clean energy, it is about an unfair market advantage, cloaked in false “green” promises. The Northern Pass would effectively turn New Hampshire into a glorified extension cord.
We encourage you to learn more about the potential impacts of the Northern Pass project by visiting the Conservation Law Foundation’s website.
This map above is of areas of potential impact on natural and historic resources, and has been compiled by Peter Roth, Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for the Public in SEC proceedings for Northern Pass.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Northern Pass Transmission Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) related documents central to this project, please visit the Northern Pass EIS website.
And make sure to check out their FAQ section for answers to common questions related to the project and EIS website.