Public Meetings and Open Houses

DOE Public Hearings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on July 21, 2015, opening a public comment period on the project. The DOE will conduct a series of public hearings to gather comments on the Northern Pass DEIS and Supplement. The dates and locations are as follows:
  • Tuesday, December 15 in Whitefield, NH
  • Wednesday, December 16 in Concord, NH
  • Thursday, December 17 in Plymouth, NH
The DOE will accept comments on the Northern Pass project, its DEIS and Supplement until January 4, 2016. This comment period is an opportunity for New Hampshire residents and other key stakeholders to formally submit their thoughts on the project to the DOE, either in person orally or in writing.

For more information about the DEIS and Supplement visit


N.H. SEC Public Information Sessions

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.