Northern Pass Transmission LLC (Northern Pass)
On December 15, 2010, Northern Pass Transmission LLC (Northern Pass) filed a transmission service agreement (TSA) and associated tariff sheets with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pursuant to section 205 of the Federal Power Act* and Part 35 of FERC regulations.** The TSA was executed on October 4, 2010, between Northern Pass and H.Q. Hydro Renewable Energy, Inc. for electric transmission service over a proposed transmission facility consisting of (i) a 185-mile high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line running from the Des Cantons Substation in Quebec, Canada over the U.S.-Canada border to a converter station to be constructed in Franklin, New Hampshire, and (ii) a 40-mile radial 345 kV alternating current (AC) transmission line between the Franklin converter station and the Public Service Company of New Hampshire Deerfield substation in the town of Deerfield, New Hampshire. Approximately 140 miles of the HVDC line will run through the State of New Hampshire.
In addition to filing the TSA with FERC, Northern Pass has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for a Presidential Permit to construct the proposed transmission facility across the U.S.-Canadian border.
At this time, nothing has been filed for review or approval with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission or New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.
Links to the TSA, the DOE website for the Northern Pass project, and the Northern Pass company website are provided below.
* 16 U.S.C. §824d (2006).
** 18 C.F.R. Pt. 35 (2010).