Clean Energy and
Natural Resources

Hydroelectricity is one of the cleanest forms of power used today. By harnessing the energy generated by the flow of water, hydroelectricity can reduce our need to burn fossil fuels for electricity. Adding 1,090 megawatts of clean energy from Northern Pass into the New England grid will reduce regional carbon emissions by up to 3.2 million tons a year.

The U.S. Department of Energy released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for Northern Pass in August 2017, noting it will have minimal impact and substantial benefits, including:

  • New England will see a reduction of carbon emissions by 9 percent or 2.5 million metric tons
  • Northern Pass will help diversify the region's energy mix and provide a non-intermittent source of clean energy  
  • There will be no "population-level effects to any protected species” due to Northern Pass
  • Noise levels associated with Northern Pass during operation will be well below EPA guidance levels
  • Northern Pass poses no health risks associated with EMFs

Northern Pass also supports efforts to preserve New Hampshire’s native habitats and wildlife. In 2015, Northern Pass also donated $3 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create the Partners for NH’s Fish and Wildlife grant program, which provides funds for local organizations working to restore and protect key New Hampshire habitats and threatened species. The project will also provide wetlands and wildlife mitigation by placing conservation easements on hundreds of acres and the project is expected to contribute millions of dollars into the NH Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Mitigation Fund.