Eversource: N.H. Regulators Should Heed Court Ruling and Revisit Northern Pass Deal

May 23, 2018

Opponents of Northern Pass praised the SEC vote against the project, while Eversource says a new court ruling gives more weight to its case. (NHPR file photo: Ropeik)
Credit Annie Ropeik / NHPR

The Northern Pass power line proposal returns before state regulators Thursday. NHPR's Annie Ropeik has more on what a recent court ruling could mean for the project's appeal.


The New Hampshire Supreme Court this week said the Public Utilities Commission, or PUC, erred in telling Eversource it couldn't invest in natural gas capacity for electric supply purposes.

 

The court said the PUC had misinterpreted legislation restructuring the state's electric system.

 

The PUC used that same misinterpretation in denying Eversource a deal to buy power directly for New Hampshire from Northern Pass. That's according to Eversource spokesman Martin Murray.

 

"This would provide even more significant and direct benefits to New Hampshire, but it was dismissed by the PUC unfortunately using the same flawed legal analysis on the gas capacity case." 

 

He says Eversource wants the PUC to revisit the Northern Pass deal.

 

It's not clear yet if or how the state siting board will consider that prospect in deciding whether to give the project a new hearing.