Northern Pass

In something of a bombshell announcement, National Grid announced this week that they are proposing a new transmission project that would carry 1,200 additional megawatts across upgraded transmission lines along their existing right-of-way corridor through Vermont and New Hampshire.

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.

Press release announcing the Granite State Power Link, a new transmission line from Quebec through Vermont and New Hampshire.

National Grid announced Tuesday morning that it too wants to build a high-power transmission line linking Canada to New England. This one would go though both Vermont and New Hampshire along existing transmission lines.

This letter seeking answers to certain questions regarding potential funding for Northern Pass construction was sent by Counsel for the Public Peter Roth to Eversource in March 2017.

The Counsel for the Public wants answers as to why Hydro-Quebec now says it won’t pay for the controversial 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield when Northern Pass’ application said that Hydro-Quebec would pay.

Amid conflicting statements about federal approvals and studies questioning the need for big New England energy projects, the state’s counsel for the public is now asking the burning question – who will pay for Northern Pass?

There appear to be legitimate questions about whether the long-standing financial agreement between Hydro-Quebec and Eversource for the financing of the proposed Northern Pass transmission line has fallen apart due to a changing energy market.

Eversource insisted Thursday that all is well with its Northern Pass partner Hydro-Quebec, despite a statement from the hydroelectric giant that it “will not pay a penny to bury the line in the United States.”