Hydroelectric, New Projects, Renewables

Massachusetts Regulators Considers Reopening Rejected Northern Pass Proposal

By Editors of Power Engineering

The 1.09 GW Northern Pass hydro project could live on, as Massachusetts regulators are considering reopening their renewable RFP, reNEWS reported.

New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee unanimously rejected the Northern Pass project over concerns about its impact on local business, tourism and development in the region. The project was originally proposed in 2010 and would have delivered energy to Massachusetts.

Eversource still has the option to appeal the decision.

Judith Judson, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources commissioner, has directed state utilities to determine if Northern Pass can still be built and begin power deliveries by the end of 2020.

“It is incumbent upon the electric distributions companies to review the project’s response, assess it against the original bid to evaluate its impacts, and quickly come to a joint decision on appropriate next steps, which could include moving forward with contract negotiations or, alternatively, terminating negotiations and returning to bid selection,” she said.