The Northern Pass project took a major step forward and filed an application for siting approval with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), the state agency responsible for siting significant energy projects. The SEC process is expected to last approximately 14 months and includes numerous opportunities for public comment. A second round of Public Information Sessions will take place in early 2016.
In September, Northern Pass held the first round of Public Information Sessions in each of the five counties where the project will be located: Coos, Grafton, Merrimack, Belknap, and Rockingham. These Public Information Sessions were a required part of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) permitting process and were required to be held at least 30 days before Northern Pass filed its application.
These sessions included an overview of Northern Pass, as well as an opportunity to give oral comments and ask questions about the project. Northern Pass also hosted open houses before and simultaneous to the Public Information Sessions, to provide an additional opportunity for people to learn more and ask questions about the project.
Previous SEC Public Information Sessions
Merrimack County:Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, Grappone Conference Center, 7 Constitution Ave., Concord
Rockingham County:Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, Deerfield Fair Pavilion, 34 Stage Rd., Deerfield
Grafton County:Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, Mountain Club on Loon Resort & Spa, 90 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln
Coös County: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield
Belknap County:Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia
The schedule for each session was as follows:
Open House: 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Public Information Session:
Project Overview – 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Questions & Answers – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Public Comments – 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.