New England is entering a new energy era with increased emphasis on clean, renewable power generation. As a result, Eversource is taking a lead role offering solutions to reduce carbon emissions, diversify our energy supply, increase our energy efficiency, and help achieve a cleaner environment for generations to come.
The Northern Pass project, which will deliver clean hydropower from Canada, would be the single most impactful clean energy project for our region, and a game changer for meeting future renewable energy goals.
All electricity generation creates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, whether directly or indirectly; however, hydropower from Canada is one of the lowest GHG-energy options available. Emissions from hydropower are similar to those of wind energy, 5 times less than solar, 50 times less than natural gas, and 70 times less than coal.
Northern Pass will bring enough baseload electricity to power more than 1 million homes, making it the largest clean energy proposal in New England. This will be a benefit to future wind and solar development because they are intermittent sources of power, and their success depends on the availability of another source of controllable clean energy to complement them.
Adding 1,090 megawatts of clean energy from Northern Pass into the electric grid will help displace less clean and more costly fossil fuel generation and, as a result, will reduce regional carbon emissions by up to 3.2 million tons a year.
According to ISO New England, this increase in carbon emissions is due to the loss of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and the subsequent increase in the use of fossil fuel generation. Northern Pass will help ensure this increase in carbon emissions does not become a trend.
Northern Pass is carefully designed to avoid impacts to natural resources, including wetlands and surface waters, with a total permanent wetland impact of less than 2.5 acres. Over 80 percent of the project route is sited in existing energy transmission corridors or under public roadways to minimize potential impacts to the environment. Northern Pass will also comply with all state and federal regulations, which includes creating an environmental mitigation plan.
Northern Pass has committed to creating a $200 million Forward New Hampshire Fund, which will have clean energy innovation as one of its four focus areas. An independent advisory board will be established once Northern Pass receives all necessary permits to build the project.
Northern Pass has committed $3 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create an action-focused grant program that aims to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers in New Hampshire and around New England. Moreover, the project will provide mixed use of 5,000 acres of North Country land for recreational activities, natural resource preservation and economic development.
Eversource, the parent company of Northern Pass, is a green leader and was among the Top Green Companies in the United States as determined by Newsweek, which looked at the environmental performance and corporate sustainability of the 500 largest publicly traded companies.