DOE approves $1.6B US-Canada cross-border transmission project

USA, Washington D.C.: The U.S. Department of Energy has granted a key permit for a proposed $1.6 billion cross-border transmission line that would carry hydropower from Quebec, Canada to more than one million homes in New Hampshire, USA.

The granting of this permit allows for the Northern Pass project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the US grid. The project would include building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield in New Hampshire, carrying enough Hydro-Quebec energy to power about a 1.1 million homes.

“With the New Hampshire and Canadian permitting processes also nearing completion, and considering we have all major contractor, equipment and labor agreements in place, Northern Pass is on track to begin construction by mid-2018,” said Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource New Hampshire, reports The Washington Post.

Along with the state approval, the project is also awaiting a permit from the U.S. Forest Service allowing the project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest and a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected by the end of the year.

Source: The Washington Post