New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee Prudently Rejects Northern Pass, Breathes New Life into Renewable Energy Proposals for New England

RENEW Northeast commends today’s decision of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to deny the application of the Northern Pass transmission line.  This project and the associated energy from Hydro-Quebec, as the winning bidders out of last week’s Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, would have cost Massachusetts ratepayers $500 million annually for 20 years.  Despite this high cost, it would only bring energy from old generation rather than from new renewable resources that can enable Massachusetts to achieve its required greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

In light of this development, RENEW Northeast urges Massachusetts to reconsider the dozens of other bids to bring new renewable generation to the region.

Massachusetts solicitations for renewable energy since 2010 have built strong interest by wind and solar developers in building new projects in New England. The recent solicitation- the largest Massachusetts one to date- attracted almost 7,000 megawatts of wind and solar bids. That’s more than double the megawatt-hours sought by the RFP and the largest volume of any of the technologies that bid into the auction including large hydropower.