The Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP issued a statement saying that the state’s electric utilities had terminated the conditional selection of the Northern Pass project and are now working to conclude negotiations with Central Maine Power for its New England Clean Energy Connect line.
The action comes after a siting committee in New Hampshire rejected the Northern Pass proposal, and the developer was unable to gain approval by a March 27 deadline set by Massachusetts.
The result is placing new scrutiny on CMP’s plan to build a $950 million, 145-mile line along a corridor it already owns. The line would run from Beattie Township, on the Canadian border north of Route 27 and Coburn Gore, through Farmington and Jay to Lewiston, where it would connect to the regional electric grid.
..............................Environmental groups have had mixed views about CMP’s proposal, but on Wednesday, the Natural Resources Council of Maine came out against the line.
“My governor is an action-oriented-guy,” McGrath told the Bangor Daily News previously. “This will happen quickly.”
Mass. utilities reject Northern Pass powerline through NH; pivot to Maine for Hydro-Quebec transmission
Eversource said in a statement that the project is not dead.
"We understand today's decision by the Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) to terminate the conditional selection of the Northern Pass Transmission hydro proposal, given the status of the New Hampshire permitting process. Despite recent delays, we continue to believe that Northern Pass is the best project for the region and New Hampshire, and we intend to pursue all options for making it a reality," the corporation said.