Northern Pass files motion requesting that New Hampshire SEC vacate recent decision

Northern Pass on Feb. 28 said that it has filed a motion with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) requesting that the committee vacate its recent decision regarding the Northern Pass transmission project and to resume deliberations on the proposed project.

As TransmissionHub reported, the SEC on Feb. 1 decided to deny the Northern Pass project application, through which the company sought a certificate of site and facility.

In its Feb. 28 motion, Northern Pass said that after 70 days of hearings over a period of eight months, with the record closing two years and four days after the application had been accepted, the decision to end deliberations 2.5 days into a scheduled 12 days was contrary to the statute and rules governing the SEC.

An SEC representative was not immediately available for comment by press time on March 2.

According to the project’s website, the 192-mile transmission line project is designed to bring 1,090 MW of clean energy from Hydro-Québec’s hydroelectric plants in Canada to New Hampshire and to the rest of New England. The project would build a new direct current (DC) transmission line from the Canadian border to Franklin, N.H., where a converter terminal would be built to convert the electricity from DC to alternating current (AC), the site noted. From there, a new AC transmission line would carry the energy to an existing substation in Deerfield, N.H., and into New England’s electric grid, according to the site.

Northern Pass in its Feb. 28 statement said that its motion outlines a set of commitments that could provide the basis for granting conditional approval.

“We appreciate the time and effort invested by the SEC members in reviewing Northern Pass,” Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan said in the statement. “Given the urgent need for cleaner, more affordable energy in the region, it is important that we present for consideration a solution that addresses the legitimate concerns raised during deliberations. We are hopeful that the SEC will focus on the comprehensive set of commitments that would establish a constructive path toward a resolution.”

Among other things, Northern Pass said that the solution that it presented is comprised of conditions received from New Hampshire state agencies that have approved the project and conditions agreed to with Counsel for the Public, the statutory representative of the New Hampshire public interest, Northern Pass said.

Key commitments include certain allocations from the $200m Forward NH Fund, such as $25m to address property value impacts in affected communities, the company said.

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