Northern Pass Transmission Line Project EIS

This website for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will serve as a repository for all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-related public documents and will be the central location for EIS Project announcements. Individuals may subscribe to the mail list in order to receive future announcements and news releases from The Department of Energy and Contractors involved in the project. Public Comments related to the Scoping Process, the Draft EIS and the Final EIS can be made through this website’s Comment Form.

Northern Pass Transmission LLC (Northern Pass) has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a Presidential permit to construct, operate, maintain, and connect an electric transmission line across the United States border with Canada. Northern Pass is wholly-owned by Eversource Energy Transmission Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource Energy, a publicly held public utility holding company.

Anyone seeking to construct, operate, maintain, or connect an electric transmission facility crossing the borders of the United States must first obtain a Presidential permit issued by DOE under Executive Order (E.O.) 10485, as amended by E.O. 12038. Northern Pass proposes to build a transmission line that crosses a U.S. border, and has applied to DOE for a Presidential permit. DOE did not initiate, nor is it funding, the proposed transmission facility. DOE’s role is limited to deciding whether to issue a Presidential permit. In addition, in order to build its proposed facility Northern Pass will be required to obtain the approval of the State of New Hampshire.

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DOE hereby announces the availability for public comment of a summary of the interconnection facilities studies prepared for the Northern Pass project.

DOE has released a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS) which analyzes Northern Pass’ amendment to its Presidential permit application and compares the new proposed route and configuration with the alternatives in the current draft EIS. The amendment, which Northern Pass filed in August 2015, changed the proposed route by three miles, added two new transition stations, and increased the amount of proposed buried transmission line from 8 miles to 60 miles. The Supplement to the Draft EIS is now available here:

Draft EIS Documents

To ensure the public has ample opportunity to evaluate and comment on Draft EIS, DOE has extended the public comment period to close April 4, 2016. Public hearings have been rescheduled for the week of March 7-11, 2016. Information about dates and locations is available here.