“They have a permit to cross the international border but they don’t have a permit to site the project on 192 miles of New Hampshire landscape. That is what the SEC will determine,” said Will Abbott, the vice president for policy with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which opposes the project.
“Their exuberance may be a bit premature,” he said. “We believe the evidence makes a clear argument why the permit should be denied. We feel very confident that there is a very compelling argument for the SEC to get a decision not to issue a permit.”
Northern Pass is one of several high-voltage transmission proposals competing in the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP. The winners, to be announced Jan. 25, will gain multi-billion-dollar contracts to supply utilities with renewable energy for a period of 20 years. The proposals include imported hydro, wind, solar, transmission, storage, and other attributes.