backs Eversource transmission line through New Hampshire
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced Tuesday it supports the Northern Pass in the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP.
The IBEW said Eversource has guaranteed Massachusetts jobs during construction of its 192-mile high-voltage transmission line, which would travel from Canada through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to serve power customers in southern New England.
The line is among several proposals competing to deliver low-carbon electricity from Canada and northern New England to Massachusetts, and developers eager for state-sanctioned, long-term utility contracts have been waging public relations campaigns.
Bids for transmission and clean power generation were submitted into the Massachusetts solicitation July 27, and a panel of state regulators and utility representatives will announce the winners by Jan. 25.
In a press release, IBEW Vice President Michael Monahan said Northern Pass has a formal labor agreement to provide jobs for Massachusetts workers and competing bidders do not. He said energy projects seeking state subsidies should provide work for state residents and criticized state lawmakers for not writing that requirement into the solicitation.
"The people of Massachusetts should have the assurance that their money is being invested in a project that not only provides clean, lower-cost energy, but also brings the added benefit of providing work directly to Massachusetts workers," he said.
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Nuclear or Fossil fuel removals.....
Each 1000Mwh of elimination of these fossil fuels will equate to 60,000 acres containing 2400 to 4800 turbines. Or 5,000 Acres of Solar PV. By 2011 Estimates. This would approximate nearly 660,000 acres for Wind with 26,400 to 52,800 turbines or 55,000 acres of Solar PV.
More than 4,200 megawatts (MW)—an amount equal to almost 15% of the region’s current generating capacity—will have shut down between 2012 and 2020 and is being replaced primarily by new natural-gas-fired plants. The upcoming closures of just two of those resources—Brayton Point Station in May 2017 and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station by May 2019—will remove 2,200 MW of non-gas-fired capacity. Over 5,500 MW of additional oil and coal capacity are at risk for retirement in coming years, and uncertainty surrounds the future of 3,300 MW from the region’s remaining nuclear plants.
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