This month marks the four-year anniversary of the announcement of the Northern Pass transmission project in New Hampshire. It has been a long, tortured road that won’t get any easier for project developers Northeast Utilities, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, and Hydro-Québec. The project inspired a vigorous opposition, still active today, in the communities where it would be built and beyond, and Northern Pass is still years away from getting the permits it needs to begin construction.
As CLF’s lead advocate scrutinizing Northern Pass, I thought the occasion was a good one to take stock of what has happened so far and why Northern Pass is so off track. I’ve posted an essay to Medium that recounts what went wrong and what lessons we (and Northern Pass itself) should take from the project’s many failures over the last four years. Please let me know what you think by adding comments or asking questions in the margin using Medium’s commenting features.
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