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Welcome to the second edition of The Northern Pass transmission project newsletter, a monthly, online publication that will provide ongoing updates and information about the proposed project to bring up to 1,200 megawatts of economically priced, renewable energy from Quebec to New Hampshire and other New England states.


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Project Team Reaching Out to Communities and Organizations

Clarksville_Town_Meeting-175Community outreach for The Northern Pass project has begun in earnest, following last month's execution of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) and the public announcement of the "converter terminal" location in Franklin, NH.


Project representatives have met with officials in 17 communities along the preliminary preferred route since October, as well as several environmental and economic organizations throughout the state. The objective of these meetings has been to share information about the project route and benefits, and to explain the rigorous state and federal "permitting and approval" process that will take place over the next two years. Read more...

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Permit Application Filed with Department of Energy
After more than two years of preparation, The Northern Pass transmission project filed its first major permit application -- requesting a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) -- on Thursday, October 14. Presidential Permits are required for certain facilities and projects (including electric transmission lines) that cross the U.S. border. The Northern Pass's application discusses the project's main components, identifies a "preliminary preferred route" for the transmission line in New Hampshire, and provides an initial assessment of the potential environmental and social impacts of the project. Read more.


DOE Publishes Notice in the Federal Register
The Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register on November 16 announcing The Northern Pass project's application for a Presidential Permit. The announcement provides a brief overview of the project; the DOE's expectations of international transmission projects; the process for providing comments, protests, or requests to intervene (due to the DOE by December 16); and the DOE's criteria for evaluating the project. To read the full notice, visit federalregister.gov.


NH Business Leaders Briefed on The Northern Pass
Business leaders from a range of New Hampshire industries gathered on Monday, November 15 in Bedford to learn more about the economic benefits associated with the proposed Northern Pass transmission project. Presentations were made by PSNH President Gary Long, as well as special guest Christian Brosseau, president of HQ Energy Services US. Questions from attendees centered around the project's permitting and review process, opportunities for public input, and the projected economic benefits for New Hampshire. About 60 people attended the event.

publicinputPublic Input Opportunities

Following is the anticipated schedule of public input opportunities for The Northern Pass project. Dates and locations of specific events will be posted at www.northernpass.us as they become available.

  • Early 2011: U.S. Department of Energy public scoping meetings expected to begin
  • Mid 2011: Project team to host a series of formal community open houses
  • 2012:  New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee public hearings expected to begin
pressreleasesRecent Press Releases

Since the October 2010 issue of The Northern Pass newsletter:


US Department of Energy Permit Application Filed 10.15.10

factsFacts at a Glance

Economic Impact of the Project:

  • NH employment (2013 - 2015): Annual average of 1,100 - 1,300 jobs
  • NH household earnings (cumulative 2010 - 2015): $204 - $249 million
  • NH economic output (cumulative 2010 - 2015): $259 - $316 million
  • Annual property tax payments (local, county, and state): $15 - $20 million

Source: "Preliminary Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Proposed Northern Pass Transmission Project," Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.C., October 2010.

qandaQuestions & Answers

How much power will actually stay in New Hampshire for use by NH electric consumers?
NH 100As part of The Northern Pass project, PSNH is working to negotiate a long-term Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) with Hydro-Québec at competitive prices for a portion of the power. The amount and price of power that could be purchased under the PPA is part of PSNH's on-going discussions with Hydro Québec. 

View more commonly asked questions and answers.
featureFeature Article: Project Team Reaching Out to Communities and Organizations
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Town Meeting in Clarksville on November 1.

Community outreach for The Northern Pass project has begun in earnest, following last month's execution of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) and the public announcement of the "converter terminal" location in Franklin, NH.


Project representatives have met with officials in 17 communities along the preliminary preferred route since October, as well as several environmental and economic organizations throughout the state. The objective of these meetings has been to share information about the project route and benefits, and to explain the rigorous state and federal "permitting and approval" process that will take place over the next two years.

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"Now that the TSA has been signed, and our preliminary project review is complete, we're able to share the details of this project publicly," said Anne Bartosewicz, project director. "We're meeting with every community along the preliminary preferred route to set the groundwork for a series of more formal open houses in mid 2011."


The project team's open house forums in mid 2011 will be just one opportunity for local residents to voice their perspectives on the project. Both the U.S. Department of Energy and the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee will host public meetings to solicit input as part of their formal review of the project. DOE public scoping meetings are expected to begin in early 2011, while SEC public hearings are anticipated to be held once the filing is made in 2012.


In addition to the municipal outreach meetings, project team members have been conducting informational briefings for legislators, business leaders, and environmental organizations. Outreach to individual landowners along the preliminary preferred route is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

 

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More information:
For additional information about The Northern Pass transmission project, visit www.northernpass.us. Updates will be posted on this website as they become available.

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