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Three Ugly Numbers Behind the Governors’ Push for Canadian Hydropower
by Christophe Courchesne

  As the New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers gather in Bretton Woods for their annual conference next week, it’s likely there will be much discussion of building new transmission lines to enable additional imports of Canadian hydropower into New England. Indeed, financing such transmission lines is the centerpiece of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s…

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CLF and Allies to Department of Energy: Take off the Blinders in Northern Pass Review
by Christophe Courchesne

Back in May, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a report listing the alternatives to the Northern Pass transmission project that the agency may study during its environmental review. As I explained at the time, the report was a hard-won victory for transparency in the federal permitting process for Northern Pass. Unfortunately, the report failed to…

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Documents Reveal Governors’ Gas and Hydropower Plan Shaped by Industry and Incomplete Analysis
by Christophe Courchesne

In January, the New England Governors announced a plan to finance new gas pipelines and electric transmission lines across the region with billions of dollars in funding from residents and businesses. In an effort to bring transparency to the process that led to and continues to inform the Governors’ plan, in March, Conservation Law Foundation…

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Reading Between the Lines of Northern Pass Polls
by Christophe Courchesne

In recent months, we’ve heard a lot from the developer of the Northern Pass transmission project, Massachusetts and Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities, about swelling support and rising poll numbers. It’s all part of NU’s effort to craft a public relations “narrative”—through weekly posts on its Project Journal blog, in executive presentations to investment analysts, and in…

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Small Step on a Long Hike: DOE Plans to Consider a Long List of Northern Pass Alternatives
by Christophe Courchesne

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published an update on the Northern Pass project permitting process, offering the first signals of which alternatives to the developer’s proposal DOE will evaluate during its environmental review process. Posted to DOE’s website, the report is compellingly titled a “scoping report alternatives addendum” and provides a list of the 24 alternatives DOE…

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Good News: NH Senate Passes Reforms to Strengthen Energy Facility Siting
by Christophe Courchesne

New Hampshire is on its way to making important reforms to its process for reviewing proposals for energy projects. Last week, the New Hampshire Senate gave its approval in a unanimous voice vote to Senate Bill 245, a bill that significantly amends the law governing the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), the multi-agency body that…

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Finally: A Win for Transparency in the Federal Review of Alternatives to Northern Pass
by Christophe Courchesne

CLF is celebrating a recent decision that will shine some sunlight into the permitting process for the Northern Pass project. Last week, the New Hampshire Congressional delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will in the near future publish a preliminary report on which alternatives to the Northern Pass project will be studied in DOE’s…

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NH Delegation: Public Deserves More Information on Northern Pass Alternatives
by Christophe Courchesne

The long effort to assure a fair, rigorous permitting process for the Northern Pass project got a boost last week, as the New Hampshire Congressional delegation came together to demand, yet again, transparency regarding how that process will address alternatives to the current proposal. Over the next year or so, the U.S. Department of Energy…