Northern Pass

Blog
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…

Blog
Four Important Footnotes to Northern Pass’s Latest “Approval”
by Christophe Courchesne

With its public relations machine in triumph mode, the developer of Northern Pass announced on New Year’s Eve that the project had received the approval of ISO-NE, the operator of the regional electric grid, attaining what the developer called a “major regulatory milestone.” The Associated Press picked up the press release, as did local outlets that…

Blog
CLF’s Most Read Blog Posts for 2013
by Conservation Law Foundation

It’s been a great year for CLF — and a great year on CLF Scoop. We’ve had lots of great posts by our advocates, staff and volunteers. See below for the most read blog posts from 2013. Dark Days Ahead: The Financial Future of Brayton Point Feb 28, 2013 by Shanna Cleveland A Promising Option: What the…

Blog
The Northern Pass Alternatives (Part II): Fill Up or Upgrade Existing Lines
by Christophe Courchesne

Second in a series Something that goes unmentioned in the Northern Pass project’s omnipresent (even on Christmas Day) marketing campaign is that New England already has several major transmission lines that deliver power from eastern Canada. If more imports are what New England wants, could we increase imports by filling up or upgrading these existing…

Blog
The Northern Pass Alternatives (Part I): Going Underground
by Christophe Courchesne

First post in a series From the very beginning, CLF has advocated for a rigorous review of the full range of alternatives to the Northern Pass transmission project. This evaluation is what federal and state law require, and for good reason: comparing the project with its alternatives is a critical step to reaching a well-informed decision on what…

Blog
New Hampshire Environmental Community Calls for Study of Underground Alternatives in Federal Review of Northern Pass
by Christophe Courchesne

Earlier this week, seven leading New Hampshire environmental organizations, including CLF, sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) calling for a truly comprehensive and fair environmental review of the Northern Pass transmission project, including a complete analysis of underground transmission alternatives in New Hampshire and other states. You can read the whole letter…

Blog
A Promising Option: What the New England Clean Power Link Means for the Region and Northern Pass
by Christophe Courchesne

In September, CLF joined New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan in the pages of the Boston Globe to make the case that Northeast Utilities’ deeply flawed and reviled Northern Pass project is not the only way to bring Canadian hydropower south into New England. Today, the region learned about a promising new project—the New England Clean…

Blog
#NorthernPass #Fail: New Hampshire Speaks Out
by Christophe Courchesne

In 2011, a series of well-attended public “scoping” meetings sent a clear message to the developer of the Northern Pass project: go back to the drawing board. Not long after, Northern Pass announced that it would embark on an effort to make project changes that would address the public’s input, make the project “more acceptable…

Blog
A False Choice: Northern Pass Isn’t the Only Option
by Christophe Courchesne

As New England considers its energy future, some have heard the sales pitch for the Northern Pass project and have uncritically accepted the hype—lower carbon emissions, reliable power, and energy savings. This week at a series of federal public meetings (continuing tonight in Whitefield and concluding tomorrow night in Colebrook), many Granite Staters are telling…

Blog
The Missing Fine Print in Northern Pass Clean Air Propaganda
by Tom Irwin

In a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s Concord Monitor, PSNH takes its greenwashing of the Northern Pass project to new heights of hypocrisy, this time not only continuing to tout the project’s unsubstantiated climate benefits, but splashing across the page, in large letters: “BREATHE DEEPLY, GRANDKIDS.” In some respects, today’s advertisement is just the latest in…