Northern Pass http://nhpr.org en Nashua Chamber Poll Finds Northern Pass Gaining Support http://nhpr.org/post/nashua-chamber-poll-finds-northern-pass-gaining-support <p>A new &nbsp;survey, conducted on behalf of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, found growing support for the controversial Northern Pass project.</p><p>The poll, taken last month &nbsp;by the UNH Survey Center for the Nashua Chamber, which backs Northern Pass, &nbsp;showed 46 percent favor the proposal and 35 percent oppose&nbsp; it.</p><p>The survey also found limited enthusiasm for requiring the burial of all Northern Pass Transmission lines.</p><p>Chris Williams is the Nashua Chamber's President.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:50:06 +0000 Josh Rogers 45530 at http://nhpr.org Northern Pass Foes Launch Petition Drive Seeking Hassan's Help http://nhpr.org/post/northern-pass-foes-launch-petition-drive-seeking-hassans-help <p>Northern Pass opponents are hoping a 7-year-old boy on YouTube will prompt people to sign a petition asking Gov. Hassan to fight harder against&nbsp;the project.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kiD_lD0Rq8&amp;feature=youtu.be">YouTube video </a>starts with the child, identified only as “Tucker,” listing his favorite trees.</p><p>It shows lovely scenery and then electric transmission towers appear.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:05:51 +0000 Chris Jensen 45373 at http://nhpr.org DOE Releases Summary Of Comments On Northern Pass http://nhpr.org/post/doe-releases-summary-comments-northern-pass <p>About 6,400 people, businesses or organizations,&nbsp;with about&nbsp;68 percent from New Hampshire, filed comments with the US Department of Energy about the controversial Northern Pass project and now the federal agency has issued <a href="http://northernpasseis.us/media/documents/The%20Northern%20Pass%20EIS%20Scoping%20Report_final_3_12_2014.pdf">a summary of the concerns.</a></p><p>The Department of Energy sought the comments as it considers whether to allow Northeast Utilities, the parent of Northern Pass, to bring electric power from Canada.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:53:06 +0000 Chris Jensen 45080 at http://nhpr.org DOE Releases Summary Of Comments On Northern Pass N.H. Senate Set To Vote On Bevy of Energy Bills http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senate-set-vote-bevy-energy-bills <p>Lawmakers in the Senate are scheduled to take up a series of much-anticipated energy bills today. There are four energy bills on the docket today, three of which are responses to controversial energy projects.</p><p>One would create state-owned rights of way for any new transmission line not needed to keep the lights on as determined by the regional grid operator. If passed developers would have to bury power lines, unless they could prove that isn’t feasible.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 44986 at http://nhpr.org Latest Northern Pass Burial Bill Would Send Revenue To Highway Fund http://nhpr.org/post/latest-northern-pass-burial-bill-would-send-revenue-highway-fund <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest legislative proposal that would require power lines be buried had its first hearing Wednesday.</span></p><p>Republican Senator Jeb Bradley has put forward a bill that would require so-called elective electric transmission lines – ones not needed to avoid blackouts – be buried along state owned roads and rail corridors. The bill would lease the right to bury a power line or pipeline, and send all of the revenue to the highway fund.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:29:16 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 43832 at http://nhpr.org Latest Northern Pass Burial Bill Would Send Revenue To Highway Fund Energy Developers Critical, Environmentalists Hopeful On SEC Reform http://nhpr.org/post/energy-developers-critical-environmentalists-hopeful-sec-reform <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s energy community turned out at a Senate hearing on Wednesday to react to a senate bill proposing changes to the Site Evaluation Committee, which approves power plants. The proposed changes include shrinking the SEC to five members, including two public representatives, hiring dedicated support staff, and requiring projects have a net public benefit.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 43831 at http://nhpr.org Energy Developers Critical, Environmentalists Hopeful On SEC Reform DOE Says It Will Reveal Alternate Northern Pass Routes http://nhpr.org/post/doe-says-it-will-reveal-alternate-northern-pass-routes <p><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><o:p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><font face="Times New Roman">Under pressure from New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Energy says it will disclose which alternatives to the route favored by Northern Pass it plans to study. That is something opponents of the controversial project have been seeking.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:17:12 +0000 Chris Jensen 43079 at http://nhpr.org DOE Mum On Alternate Routes For Northern Pass http://nhpr.org/post/doe-mum-alternate-routes-northern-pass <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Despite a request by New Hampshire's congressional delegation and the project backer, the U.S. Department of Energy says it can't answer questions about alternative routes for the contested&nbsp;<font color="red">Northern</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Pass</font>&nbsp;transmission project.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:02:06 +0000 Associated Press 42961 at http://nhpr.org DOE Mum On Alternate Routes For Northern Pass House Kills Proposed Moratorium On Wind Farms, Transmission Line Projects http://nhpr.org/post/house-kills-proposed-moratorium-wind-farms-transmission-line-projects <p></p><p>The state’s House of Representatives has voted 194-148 to kill a bill that would have established a moratorium on wind farms and new transmission line projects, including Northern Pass.</p><p></p><p>This vote fell along party lines, with Democrats largely voting against blocking all projects, and Republicans, like Skip Reilly of Hill arguing that now is the time to wait -- for the state to complete its forthcoming energy plan.</p><p>"Remember we are elected by our constituents to serve them, not some power company."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:18:53 +0000 Josh Rogers 42639 at http://nhpr.org House Kills Proposed Moratorium On Wind Farms, Transmission Line Projects How North Country Reps Voted On Burying Electric Transmission Lines http://nhpr.org/post/how-north-country-reps-voted-burying-electric-transmission-lines <p>Only one representative from the North Country voted Wednesday against a bill that would encourage state regulators to give preference to electric transmission lines that are buried or located along public highways.</p><p>As NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/house-lawmakers-ok-bill-encouraging-buried-powerlines"> reported</a>&nbsp;the House voted 171 – 139 for <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB0569.pdf">HB 569</a>.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:18:41 +0000 Chris Jensen 42304 at http://nhpr.org How North Country Reps Voted On Burying Electric Transmission Lines House Lawmakers OK Bill Encouraging Buried Powerlines http://nhpr.org/post/house-lawmakers-ok-bill-encouraging-buried-powerlines <p><em>Update: The House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Susan Almy, has declined to take up this bill, meaning it moves directly to the Senate</em></p><p>The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill that establishes a preference for burying power lines like the controversial Northern Pass Project.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:54:37 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 42276 at http://nhpr.org House Lawmakers OK Bill Encouraging Buried Powerlines Beyond Northern Pass: Where New England Will Get Its Power Remains Uncertain http://nhpr.org/post/beyond-northern-pass-where-new-england-will-get-its-power-remains-uncertain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Third in a three part series.</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether or not the Northern Pass transmission line gets the state and federal permits it’s looking for, </span>HydroQuebec<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is poised to send ever more of its hydro-power south. It’s increasingly clear that New England will need more power soon and with transmission lines are being proposed all around the Northeast, Canadian hydro is likely to play a role.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 41993 at http://nhpr.org Beyond Northern Pass: Where New England Will Get Its Power Remains Uncertain A Shifting Baseline: Would We 'Get Used' To Northern Pass? http://nhpr.org/post/shifting-baseline-would-we-get-used-northern-pass <p></p><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Second in a three part series</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s possible that the Northern Pass, a 186-mile transmission line Public Service of New Hampshire proposed in 2010, might be built over the many objections of the project’s opponents. Its developers hope it can gain state and federal approval and construction can be completed by 2017.</span></p><p>If that does happen would people get used to it, or would it become a permanent scar on the state as opponents fear?</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 41907 at http://nhpr.org A Shifting Baseline: Would We 'Get Used' To Northern Pass? Power Push: Learning From N.H.'s First HVDC Power Line http://nhpr.org/post/power-push-learning-nhs-first-hvdc-power-line <p></p><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">First in a three part series, and a collaboration with New Hampshire Magazine.</em></p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 41853 at http://nhpr.org Power Push: Learning From N.H.'s First HVDC Power Line ISO-NE Approves Northern Pass Interconnectivity http://nhpr.org/post/iso-ne-approves-northern-pass-interconnectivity <p>The hydroelectric power line project known as the Northern Pass has passed a major regulatory hurdle Tuesday.</p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:47:08 +0000 Ryan Lessard 41033 at http://nhpr.org ISO-NE Approves Northern Pass Interconnectivity