National Grid Ventures offers two proposals for Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP

By Jeff Norwood

Competitive transmission is getting heated, and National Grid Ventures (NGV) has two proposals for bid on the Massachusetts clean energy RFP.

“National Grid is committed to bringing new, clean energy to Massachusetts.  The RFP has to be used to bring clean energy to the region, but even more importantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the maximum amount possible,” emphasized Will Hazelip, vice president of US Business Development.

The two projects we’ve submitted for bid are the Granite State Power Link and Northeast Renewable Link.

Will Hazelip presenting at CanWEA 2017 in Montreal

Granite State Power Link is a $1.1 billion, 1,200 megawatt (MW) transmission line that takes wind energy from Canada and transmits it into the New England transmission grid.

Northeastern Renewable Link is a $400 million, 600 MW transmission line that transmits solar and small-hydro energy into the grid from eastern New York State to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

The two projects combined are the New England Clean Energy Future portfolio.  Together they reduce CO2 emissions by 22.7m tons over 10 years.  They also both use existing transmission lines, minimizing environmental and community impacts while earning local support.

NGV’s projects not only meet the demand to procure clean energy, but also to make new renewable energy sources economically viable.

Joe Rossignoli, director of business development, explained that simply moving existing hydro will lower greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts, but raise them where the hydro is moved from.  By creating new wind farms in Quebec for the Granite State Power Link, greenhouse gas emissions are lowered on the entire transmission line, as well as in Massachusetts.

An independent survey confirmed these findings in an article published by InDepthNH.org, Study: Granite State Power Link Bests Northern Pass on CO2 Reductions.

Rossignoli and various members of the outreach team have been engaging stakeholders through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont since March 2017.

In addition, they’ve made key presentations at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s key conference in Montreal and at the Raab Energy Roundtable in Boston.  Hazelip will be continuing the discussion around clean energy transmission at the New England-Canadian Business Council’s annual conference in Boston on November 8th and 9th.

“That’s a key difference between our project, which will foster the development of new class 1 wind projects, compared to other projects that rely on existing large hydro projects,” said Hazelip.

In addition, the projects would create over 2,000 jobs in the economically challenged Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and bring tax revenue to the communities in NH and VT where the transmission line and converter station assets are built.

For more information, please visit NewEnglandCleanEnergyFuture.com for information about both transmission proposals.  Evaluators of the RFP will make their decision on January 25th.

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