National Grid’s Northern Pass Competitor To Talk Low-Income Benefits In Concord

Jan 17, 2018

National Grid's proposed New England Power Link route.
Credit National Grid Map

Developers behind a transmission line that's competing with Northern Pass to supply renewable energy to Massachusetts will hold a listening session in Concord on Thursday.

National Grid's Granite State Power Link would carry 1,200 megawatts of Canadian wind power through Northern Vermont to Monroe, New Hampshire.

Boston-based nonprofit Citizens Energy is co-developing the project. They'll be at the Concord Holiday Inn from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday to talk about how the power line could benefit low-income families along its route.

Granite State Power Link is earlier on in its permitting process than Eversource's Northern Pass, which is just waiting on final state approval now. But both developers want the chance to sell power to Massachusetts.

Next week, the Bay State will pick projects to provide 1,200 megawatts of new renewable power. The 46 contenders include a handful of large, Canadian-fueled transmission projects, as well as wind, solar and hydropower proposals around the Northeast.