Earlier today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts terminated contract negotiations with Eversource under the MA Clean Energy RFP, eliminating the energy company’s highly controversial Northern Pass project from consideration. Northern Pass as proposed would have cut a 192-mile transmission corridor through scenic New Hampshire landscapes, constructing more than 1,800 towers – many as tall as 165 feet – along the way.
The decision is a welcome and important development in the troubled history of a troubling project, and it arrives as the result of eight years of robust and unflagging opposition to Northern Pass – not least from the Appalachian Mountain Club. The message is now clearer than ever before: Northern Pass is not wanted or needed in New Hampshire, or anywhere.
The Commonwealth now proceeds to contract negotiations with its second-choice proposal, an overhead transmission project known as New England Clean Energy Connect. As it does so, AMC urges the Bay State to match its longtime leadership in greenhouse gas reduction with leadership in regional landscape protection, and look beyond its own backyard to effectively avoid, minimize, and – as a last resort – mitigate the impacts of energy development.