March 28, 2018 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to Massachusetts’ decision to drop Northern Pass as its clean energy bid winner. The project had until March 27, 2018 to obtain permits from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) in order to move forward in Massachusetts.
“Taking Northern Pass off the table is the right call for Massachusetts and New Hampshire,” said Greg Cunningham, VP and Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “Having been rejected now by two states, the writing is on the wall for Northern Pass – Eversource should pull its plug once and for all.”
Massachusetts is currently in contract negotiations with the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project as a new potential clean energy bid winner. CLF is already an active participant in the pending NECEC proceedings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Maine Department of Environmental Protection to ensure that the project is properly sited and minimizes impacts on our communities and environment. CLF will also be participating in the contract review process at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
CLF experts are available for further comment.