Making clean energy a reality in the US

By Rafael Sulit

National Grid Ventures and project co-owner, Citizens Energy, submitted plans on July 27 to develop two projects that will transition New England’s clean energy future. If awarded, these projects will deliver renewable energy and create economic stimulus in local communities.

The two projects, Granite State Power Link (GSPL) and Northeast Renewable Link (NRL), offer nearly 9tWh of clean, reliable, affordable energy into New England with minimal environment impacts and substantial benefits communities in the region.

“With the retirement of much of the region’s fossil fuel generating plants, Massachusetts customers need a ready path to clean, reliable, diverse power. GSPL and NRL will enable the Commonwealth to meet its environmental goals by bringing large-scale, renewable energy to customers for years to come,” said John Flynn, Senior Vice President, US Strategy and Business Development, National Grid. “We’re committed to engaging local stakeholders every step of the way and to maximizing the use of existing transmission corridors to reduce community and environmental impacts while bringing renewable energy and economic opportunity to the region.”

With the retirement of much of the region’s fossil fuels generation plants, Massachusetts customers need a ready path to clean, reliable, diverse source of power. GSPL and NRL are cost effective transmission solutions that will provide the Commonwealth access to large scale renewable energy for years to come.

Some key facts about GSPL include:

  • Anticipated over 2,100 jobs created during peak construction;
  • Over million in state and local property tax revenues for NH and VT over project lifespan.

  • Some key facts and benefits about NRL include:
  • Significant local and statewide economic benefits in Massachusetts, and anticipated that it will create more than 450 jobs during construction.
  • Maximizing the use of existing transmission corridors and infrastructure to minimize visual and environmental impacts and drive down development costs.


Proactive outreach with stakeholders has been ongoing to keep the community continuously educated and informed on both projects.

For more information about these exciting projects, please visit NewEnglandCleanEnergyFuture.com.

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