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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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They’re Still Number 1: PSNH’s Merrimack Station Leads the State Again in Toxic Chemical Releases
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

It’s clear to anyone paying attention to air pollution trends in New Hampshire that PSNH’s coal plants are a huge health and environmental liability for the state. And according to EPA data released last week, PSNH’s coal fleet continues to lead the state in toxic chemical releases: Merrimack Station in Bow remained New Hampshire’s number…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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CLF’s Case Against PSNH’s Coal Plant for Clean Air Act Violations Moves Forward
by Christophe Courchesne

Yesterday, CLF won a resounding early victory in our 2011 federal lawsuit against Merrimack Station, Public Service of New Hampshire’s (PSNH) coal-fired power plant in Bow, for blatant violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The impetus for our suit dates back to 2008 and 2009, when PSNH made major upgrades to Merrimack Station that allowed…

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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…