CONCORD — After two weeks of discussions, the Massachusetts clean energy bid selection committee decided to continue negotiations with Northern Pass, but to also negotiate with Central Maine Power on its New England Clean Energy Connect.
With the Northern Pass transmission line on the rocks, regulators in Massachusetts are facing a big decision. They had planned to give that project a long term contract, but now might have to pick a different option.
Should Northern Pass choose to appeal the 7-0 decision of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to deny Northern Pass a Certificate of Site and Facility, the first step would be to petition the SEC to reconsider their decision once the written decision is issued. The written decision
On Thursday Feb. 1, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee voted 7-0 to deny Northern Pass a Certificate of Site and Facility. To understand the SEC decision, it’s helpful to look at the transcripts of that day’s deliberations by the SEC subcommittee members.
It was a real David and Goliath story played out over seven years. And while Northern Pass plans to appeal after regulators denied its $1.6 billion transmission project last week, lots of people along the proposed route from Pittsburg to Deerfield are celebrating.
These are the transcripts of the third day of deliberations, Thursday February 1, 2018, by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Commitee on the application by Northern Pass for a Certificate of Site and Facility. The SEC subcommittee voted 7-0 to deny the Certificate for failure to meet the burden of proof on the standard that the project would not cause undue interference with the orderly development of the region.