Eversource Files Northern Pass Appeal, Asks Supreme Court to Overturn SEC Ruling

Aug 10, 2018

Northern Pass opponents and proponents during one N.H. SEC meeting in Concord earlier this year.
Credit Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Eversource has filed an appeal with the New Hampshire Supreme Court, asking them to overturn the rejection of the Northern Pass power line proposal. The filing queues up the next phase of the years-long battle over the project. (Read the full appeal text below.)

The long-awaited appeal argues that the state Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC, broke its own rules in how it judged Northern Pass. 

The proposal involved a 200-mile transmission line carrying Canadian hydropower through the White Mountains. It endured years of controversy before the SEC finally denied it in February, and declined to reconsider in July. 

Eversource's appeal says unless the Supreme Court reverses the denial, "no energy developer will ever have confidence that the SEC will fairly evaluate an application." The utility argues this would hurt energy and economic development in the state. 

If the Supreme Court justices agree, they could tell the SEC to reconsider the case -- which could allow Eversource to submit a revised application.