The US Department of Energy has released a list of the options that it is studying as alternatives to the Northern Pass Transmission Project. Substitutes for the controversial connection to Canadian hydro-power will be part of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Impact Statement.
The alternatives include several no-build options, such as enhancing energy conservation, building other power-plants or relying on other proposed transmission lines to provide power to New England.
The surrogate routes proposed by the DOE include a myriad of burial configurations. Among them are routes that would bury the line where it is proposed to pass through the White Mountain National Forest, or burying it along highways or railroad rights of way. Other possibilities include submerging the line in navigable waterways, using an existing power-line corridor constructed in the 1980s known as the Phase II line, and co-locating the power line on a new set of towers with the existing power-line.
In a statement the Northern Pass project praised the release of the alternatives which it said would help ensure that the environmental review is transparent and rigorous.