Transmission

New Hampshire Accepting In-Person and Written Comments on Transmission Line Proposal For more than seven years, AMC has been working to protect New Hampshire’s remarkable scenic landscapes, forests, and trails from the proposed Northern Pass transmission line. The project as proposed would traverse 192-miles, creating a lasting, negative impact on the overall character of special…

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The months of November and December are active for the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) Northern Pass permitting process, in that interveners must file their testimony with the SEC by December 30th.  With close to 150 intervening parties (the vast majority of which are opposing the project as proposed), this makes for a deluge of…

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Late last week the Northern Pass Transmission project received a significant blow undermining its financial viability and claims of urgent need for the power it proposes to sell in southern New England. A collaborative of states pooling their energy buying power to meet clean energy and emissions goals had issued the so-called New England Clean…

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Summer is a busy time at AMC.  Perhaps you’ve joined us for a trip, visited a hut or lodge, volunteered your time on a trail work day, or introduced someone to the outdoors.  Our conservation policy, trails, and research staff have been busy too! Here are just a few of the issues that we have…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – In submitting its comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Northern Pass Transmission project (NPT) to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on April 4, 2016, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) strongly critiqued the DEIS Visual Impact Assessment. The organization said data used…

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On April 4, 2016, the AMC submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (July 2015) and November 2015 Supplement concerning Northern Pass Transmission, LLC’s application for a Presidential Permit to construct and operate an electric transmission line that crosses the United States ‐ Canada border. Read comments (PDF, 722 KB)…

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AMC staff monitors energy development proposals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to assess impacts on conservation lands and other ecologically significant areas. Among the many projects currently under consideration are industrial-scale wind farms, power lines, and pipelines that would cut across the Appalachian Trail, fragment National Forests, and further develop critical areas like the Mid-Atlantic…

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It’s obvious to those of us who hike that open spaces, especially those along ridgelines, tend to be breezy spots. We love climbing to those inspiring heights for the solitude, the unspoiled views, and the sense of accomplishment they provide, wind or no wind. Energy developers covet many of the same places here in the…

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Our region’s increasing demand for energy is exacting a toll on places valued for recreation, and AMC recently launched a campaign to encourage members to curb their energy use. Dubbed the “Cleanest Energy” campaign, the effort is built on the premise that the cleanest energy is energy not used. While the Northeast is transitioning away…

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A series of bird’s-eye-view videos revealing the visual impact of the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission line on New Hampshire’s iconic scenery, rural neighborhoods, and public lands was posted online by AMC in late fall, and traffic to the site has been brisk. The animated videos, developed by AMC’s Research Department, show the locations and…

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