MA to continue talks with Hydro-Quebec for Northern Pass project

Lloyd Doyle
February 18, 2018

Eversource's 192-mile, $1.6 billion Northern Pass was blocked by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee on February 1, only days after the proposed transmission project, in concert with Hydro-Quebec, was selected to negotiate lucrative long-term utility contracts in MA.

The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said Friday that the talks could end by March 27.

Central Maine proposed the $950 million NECEC in a joint bid with Hydro-Québec to deliver renewable energy from Québec to the New England grid.

MA has picked another big transmission line for a potential energy contract, with the Northern Pass project in doubt.

Northern Pass was selected to help MA meet its clean energy goals, but the project was rejected by New Hampshire regulators, potentially hurting its construction timeline, which played a key role in the project's selection.

It is estimated that the Crown corporation could pocket $10 billion in revenue if an agreement is reached.

Northern Pass was denied its final permit by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee last month, and is facing a lengthy appeals process before it can start construction.

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