Eversource and National Grid, Among Others, Competing for Mass. Energy Contracts

Jul 27, 2017

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Several high profile energy transmission projects submitted their applications Thursday, as the deadline passed for the next round of Massachusetts's clean energy program.

In an effort to bring more renewable energy to Bay State customers, Massachusetts put out a request for proposals, and, as expected, Northern Pass submitted its bid. The project, which is backed by Eversource, proposed two different plans, both of which utilize the same route: one would rely on just hydropower generated in Canada, while the second plan would use a mix of wind and hydropower.

A competing project put forward by National Grid, called the Granite State Power Link, also submitted an application. It’s project would similarly rely on a mix of wind and hydropower generated in Canada.

(You can click here to see the Northern Pass route, or click here for Granite State Power Link’s route.)

While both of those energy transmission routes would cut through New Hampshire, a third major proposal called the New England Clean Power Link traces a mostly underwater path along the Vermont/New York border. There are also proposals that would run through Maine.

Massachusetts regulators will now sift through these options, as well as other. It plans to announce the winners in January, 2018.