Welcome to the sixth edition of The Northern Pass transmission project newsletter, a monthly, online publication that provides ongoing updates and information about the proposed project to bring up to 1,200 megawatts of competitively priced, renewable energy from Quebec to New Hampshire and other New England states.
|House Bills Take Aim at Project|
|The N.H. House Science, Technology and Energy Committee this week considered two bills that focus on halting The Northern Pass project. The full House is expected to consider the committee's recommendations on Wednesday, March 30. Continue reading |
|New Hampshire is Not an Island...|
One viewpoint often heard in debate about The Northern Pass project is that New Hampshire doesn't need this energy, because we are currently a "net exporter" of electricity. The perception is that all of the benefit of the project will go to Massachusetts and Connecticut.
While it's true that the power plants located in our state contribute more to the regional "power pool" than New Hampshire consumers draw from that pool -- on most days of the year -- our economy and energy supply are inextricably linked to those of our neighboring states... Continue reading
|What Will the Power Line Look Like?|
One common misconception about The Northern Pass project is that all of the transmission structures will be 135 feet high -- or taller. In fact, the anticipated height of most Northern Pass transmission structures is as follows:
- In any new right of way (ROW), including the North Country, the most common structure height would be 80 - 90 feet
- In the existing ROW north of Franklin, which currently contains a transmission line, the most common structure height would be 85 - 95 feet
- In the existing ROW between Franklin and Deerfield, the most common structure height would be taller, around 110 feet, due to the height and configuration of the existing lines
|Scoping Period for DOE Still Open|
The U.S. Department of Energy scoping meetings for The Northern Pass project concluded on Sunday, March 20, but individuals and organizations still have time to submit written comments before the deadline on April 12.
The seven DOE scoping meetings, which were held between March 14 and March 20, were very well attended. Continue reading
|The DOE public scoping meeting in Franklin on Tuesday, March 15. Franklin would be the site of a $250 million converter terminal for the project. More images from the meeting are available on Flickr.|