Hydro Is Considering Abandoning the Northern Pass Project

SOURCE: The Journal of Québec
AUTHOR: Jean Nicolas Blanchet

AUTO-TRANSLATED VERSION: Not only does Hydro-Québec finally admit that it could indirectly pay for the cost of building a $ 2.1 billion line in New Hampshire, but it is challenging its participation in the project after “redrawing its plan” on Wednesday.

Our investigation office revealed Wednesday that the US developer Eversource intended to pass the bill to the Crown corporation for the construction of the Northern Pass high-voltage line.

It would be buried on nearly 100 km to protect the landscapes of New Hampshire, which would increase the bill by $ 500 million.

Eversource will first finance the construction, but intended to be reimbursed by Hydro for 20 to 40 years, through “transportation costs” for borrowing the line on the other side of the border.

Hydro’s director of media relations, Serge Abergel, told us last week that Eversource would “take these transport costs to make [his] investment profitable”.

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Northern Pass Project – Hydro-Québec Will Not Pay a Penny for the American Line

AUTHOR: Hydro-Québec

AUTO-TRANSLATED VERSION: Hydro-Québec reacted vigorously to the article in the Journal de Montréal entitled “Hydro will pay the line to the United States”. The content of this article is completely false. We will not pay a penny for the Northern Pass project on the US side. It is the American consumers who will pay the transport costs on their territory through their electricity tariffs. The project is designed to be profitable for Hydro-Québec and therefore for all Quebeckers.

The Massachusetts wants a clean energy supply whose price is stable. It passed a law in that sense, commonly known as the Baker Act. This legislation will lead to the launch of a call for proposals in the coming weeks to obtain a significant amount of hydroelectricity. As part of this call for proposals, it is established that the electricity companies will pay transportation costs to the selected companies. Thus, it is the American customers who, through their tariffs of electricity, will assume the costs of this line.

The Northern Pass project consists of the construction of a line of 80 km on the Quebec side and 300 km on the American side, at a cost of $ 600 million on the Quebec side and $1.6 billion on the American side, Under the responsibility of Eversource.

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Hydro-Québec Is Preparing to Pay $500 million to Hide a Line…in the United States

SOURCE: The Journal of Québec
AUTHOR: Jean Nicolas Blanchet

AUTO-TRANSLATED VERSION: Hydro-Québec is preparing to pay half a billion dollars to bury nearly 100 km of a high-voltage line on American soil, while refusing to pass underground 18 km of the same line in Quebec.

Hydro-Québec partner Eversource told Hydro-Québec that Hydro would bear the entire cost of the Northern Pass line, which is $2.7 billion. This 388-km interconnection is expected to connect the Estrie to Deerfield, near Boston, starting in 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin next fall.

The underground passage, which adds $500 million to the bill, will protect the magnificent landscapes of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Many American citizens demanded it. In contrast, Hydro refused to bury a portion of the line in Quebec.

With the Northern Pass, Hydro dreams of increasing its exports to New England. It has always argued that it would pay the $618 million for the 80 km of the line in Quebec, but that Eversource, the US promoter behind the project, would finance the $2.1 billion needed to build The 308 km in the United States.

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100 Kilometres of Buried Line in U.S. as Part of Hydro Quebec Project

AUTHOR: Trudie Mason

Activists in New Hampshire are forcing a project important to Hydro Quebec to do something the utility has refused to do in this province: spend extra money to put its high voltage power lines underground.

Hydro Quebec’s American partner is paying $500-million to bury 100 kilometres of transmission line that will run through the scenic White Mountains, according to the Journal de Montreal.

The Northern Pass line linking the Eastern Townships to Deerfield, Massachusetts will allow Hydro to sell its surplus electricity to utilities in New England, including in the Boston area. Construction is due to be completed in 2019.

Activists in New Hampshire argued that overhead high voltage power lines would ruin the natural beauty of the White Mountains and endanger homes along the route.

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Oppose Northern Pass, Yes or No?

AUTHOR: Mr. Tejasinha Sivalingam (Ashland, New Hampshire)

How shall the voters reconcile the discussion that took place at the Ashland Joint Meeting to Discuss Northern Pass Issues, on February 27, 2017, with the title and body of the amended warrant article 41 “Opposition to Northern Pass”? This meeting was posted by Pemi Baker TV, is titled Joint Ashland Meeting 2/27/17, and can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.

The amended warrant article 41 titled Opposition to Northern Pass states in part, “We the people of the town of Ashland hereby affirm our continued support of the Ashland Water and Sewer Department, Ashland Conservation Commission, and the Board of Selectmen who are acting on the Town’s behalf for the protection of Ashland’s natural resources and assets as interveners”. The title of the warrant article may lead a reasonable voter to assume the warrant article intends to outright oppose Northern Pass. However, after watching the Ashland Joint Meeting to Discuss Northern Pass, voters may observe that several of these interveners accept that Northern Pass will happen, there is nothing we can do to stop it, and that it is better to try to negotiate the inevitable rather than take an oppositional stance.

In summary, the title Opposition to Northern Pass, is inconsistent with the perspectives and intentions of several of the interveners; therefore, this voter will vote ‘NO’ to warrant article 41. This is a vote of NO confidence in the interveners’ intentions to oppose Northern Pass outright. Sadly, the title of warrant article 41 is different from the intention of the interveners it endorses, and voters who vote based on the title Opposition to Northern Pass may be misled!