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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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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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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…