New Hampshire regulators to reconsider Northern Pass
Northern Pass was the first choice of Massachusetts energy officials and utility executives for a major hydropower procurement, but the Baker administration plans to switch to an alternative project in Maine if the decision of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee is not reversed by March 27.
The New Hampshire SEC plans to meet at 11 a.m. at 49 Donovan St. in Manchester on Monday to consider the motion for rehearing and request to vacate decision filed by Eversource Energy, which is teamed with Hydro-Quebec on the Northern Pass project.
The committee said it will not accept testimony or oral arguments.
The NH SEC previously denied a necessary certificate for the project and ruled that Northern Pass proponents "failed to prove" transmission lines "will not unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region."
Northern Pass said many of the concerns committee members raised before denying the certificate could be addressed by including conditions suggested by state agencies in New Hampshire or from the statutory representative of public interests in New Hampshire, known as the Counsel for the Public.
On Feb. 16, the Baker administration and electric utilities agreed that if they can't move forward with the Northern Pass project, they intend to pursue a major contract with the 140-mile New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project in Maine, which would feed the regional power grid, including Massachusetts.
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