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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…

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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…

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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…

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#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…

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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…

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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…

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Egregiously Incomplete: DOE Should Reject Northern Pass’s New Presidential Permit Application
by Christophe Courchesne

Today, CLF, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests filed joint comments with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) bearing a simple message: the Northern Pass project’s new “amended” application for a federal Presidential Permit once again doesn’t cut it. The application, filed in July, fails to provide…

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Show Up and Speak Out at the Final Round of Public Scoping Meetings for Northern Pass
by Christophe Courchesne

During the week of September 23, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has scheduled four additional public scoping meetings in different communities in New Hampshire as part of the scoping process for DOE’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northern Pass transmission project. As with the well-attended meetings more than two years ago, these new meetings are a…

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Northern Pass Update: New Opportunities to Make Your Voice Heard
by Christophe Courchesne

On the cusp of the Northern Pass transmission project’s fourth year, it is no closer to community acceptance, government approvals, or construction. But, for the first time since 2011, the permitting process is moving forward once again, as are the developer’s efforts to sell the project to a skeptical Granite State. That means new opportunities…

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Zombie Talking Point on Northern Pass Climate Benefits Rises Again
by Christophe Courchesne

With last month’s Northern Pass route announcement and last week’s filing of an amended application for a Presidential Permit, Northeast Utilities and PSNH have repackaged and repeated the very same arguments for the project that have filled air waves and op-ed pages throughout New England for nearly three years. We keep hearing the same sales…