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.