Northern Pass’s Very Bad Six Weeks

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 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 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.

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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Stop Northern Pass

SOURCE: Concord Monitor
AUTHOR: Carl Lakes

Northern Pass equals destruction.

Many people along the overhead route – which will be expanded and widened – will be subject to high, ugly towers and see land values decline. Sixteen months after the incomplete application was illegally accepted by the SEC, the details of the underground route have yet to be clearly defined.

It is obvious that much of the underground route is too narrow and residents and businesses will have a transmission line virtually in their front yards, hindering development over, under and across this death trap.

The state Legislature made Interstate 93 an energy corridor, so use it and leave the people of New Hampshire to enjoy the land we own.

New Hampshire doesn’t need this project. It’s obvious that monied interests are at work.

We are tired of the propaganda and fake news that Northern Pass claims as fact. Northen Pass calls this clean energy. Canada has destroyed its environment to produce this hydro power.

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