BDN & PPH - Massachusetts taps Northern Pass for hydropower project over CMP bid

BOSTON — Massachusetts has given preliminary approval to Eversource’s Northern Pass proposal to deliver hydropower to the state from Quebec.......State officials said the next step will be to negotiate a final contract with Northern Pass before the project is given final approval by utility regulators.

PPH: $1 billion CMP proposal fails to win Massachusetts energy competition

Besides the CMP-Hydro-Quebec project, the competition for a slice of Massachusetts’ growing renewable energy demand attracted several wind- and solar-energy proposals from Maine, including two massive wind power proposals in Aroostook County, smaller projects in western Maine and large solar array.

Massachusetts chooses Northern Pass transmission project for clean energy goal

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Once completed, Northern Pass would boost Massachusett's electricity supply to almost 50% clean energy, according to a statement from Gov. Charlie Baker's office. He called the announcement "an important step forward for more competitive clean energy pricing," and hailed the process that brought it about. But some stakeholders claim choosing the transmission project ignores community stakeholders. 

Greg Cunningham, director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program, said the decision "is a slap in the face to dozens of affected communities and thousands of local residents who have been outspoken in opposing this harmful proposal. Northern Pass’s developers have shown total disregard for the permanent and severe impacts this project would have on communities and the environment."

Massachusetts Picks Northern Pass For Major Energy Contract

Mass. officials pick Northern Pass for renewable energy

New Hampshire Union Leader

Northern Pass wins entire Massachusetts clean energy bid process

Northern Pass still faces one major obstacle: It needs approval from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, which must approve all major utility projects.

After 70 days of hearings, that body starts deliberations on Tuesday, with a decision due by March. If the SEC says no, Northern Pass cannot go forward, although Eversource would probably appeal the decision in court.

Criticism of the Massachusetts decision is likely to be widespread, especially since Eversource – along Unitil and National Grid, the other power utilities in Massachusetts – were part of the oversight team that evaluated the options.

Hydro-Quebec awarded major, 20-year electricity deal from Massachusetts

Quebec’s hydro utility has been awarded the biggest export contract in its history after the U.S. state of Massachusetts gave the nod of approval to the Northern Pass project.

Massachusetts power deal could generate $10B, says Hydro-Québec CEO

But privacy agreement prevents disclosure of amount Massachusetts will pay during the 20-year deal

Northern Pass prevails in Mass. Clean Energy RFP, handing victory to Eversource and Hydro-Quebec

Eversource issued a statement celebrating the decision, and noted that "more than 80 percent of the line will be located along existing transmission corridors or buried along roadways, eliminating potential view impacts in and around the White Mountain National Forest."

The Conservation Law Foundation, which has fought Northern Pass since its inception, said the Massachusetts process was "corrupted by the heavy hand of our state's largest utility," and amounts to a "slap in the face" to affected communities and project opponents in New Hampshire.

The CLF said it will be an "active participant" in the Mass. DPU process, and continue to fight Northern Pass in the Granite State.

Eversource wins big contract to build power line project through New Hampshire

 JANUARY 25, 2018

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 30, 2018 at 4:34pm

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Comment by Dan McKay on January 30, 2018 at 2:15pm
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 26, 2018 at 4:57pm

Like the MEPCO ( CMP & Emera Maine ) Mouthpieces have told the folks in Corinna, the MEPCO Project may not be needed for another 10 years. Maybe the same for the individual venture by CMP to the NW Mountains of Maine. ---

But we should still continue to oppose the NW passage as it will, in the end, provide for a Transmission ready path for future wind. (and Solar farms if they have clearcut sufficiently already )

Comment by John F. Hussey on January 26, 2018 at 4:46pm

CMP  is trying to finish permitting to start construction of their power line from Quebec to Waterville/Lewiston to take advantage of hydro and WIND in Quebec.  Couldn't cut and past the exact language out of BDN but here is the link.  The bastards are wounded but not DEAD...YET!

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 25, 2018 at 8:27pm

CMP's proposal through Maine's NW Mountains is the next Northern Pass. Then there is the MEPCO northeastern Pass for Wind/Solar that exists when the nod is given. Meanwhile, many of Maine's Citizens along its route have property blighted by just the proposal with 80% if the route under commitment to lease or sell "IF the project ever comes about". This misery could go well beyond their lifetime and into the future.

Both proposals should be denied. They have laid out their routes, the land is either devalued to the current owner or will increase with an eventual speculative value, though never to the current owners. B  Both of which Benefit Canada more than Maine. 

Comment by Eskutassis on January 25, 2018 at 8:15pm

Northern Pass is still not a "done deal." If NH is smart, they will reject it and force a court battle, allowing the citizens to mount a defense. In addition, even though this is supposed to be built to import electricity from Canada to Massachusetts . . . . does that have anything to do with Maine residents?  ISO-NE would be handling the hookups for this project, and I'm afraid it would still raise our rates in Maine as we are part of ISO-NE. The same thing happened when CMP did the "upgrade" to send wind power to Mass. Our rates went up 20% though we had no benefit or use of the "upgrade". 


Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 25, 2018 at 7:35pm

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Comment by Gary Campbell on January 25, 2018 at 6:35pm

“Choosing Northern Pass reflects a process corrupted by the heavy hand of our region’s largest utility,” said Greg Cunningham, Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “This decision is a slap in the face to dozens of affected communities and thousands of local residents who have been outspoken in opposing this harmful proposal."

Is this the same CLF that testifies in favor of every wind proposal in Maine? CLF itself has a long record of slapping the face of dozens of affected communities and thousands of local residents who have been outspoken in opposing harmful wind project proposals in Maine!


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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