Avangrid Wins Mega Transmission Project in New England
Avangrid, a subsidiary of the Spanish utility Iberdrola, said today that the New England Clean Energy Connect project would be the only transmission project built in New England to supply electric power to the state of Massachusetts under the Massachusetts Green Communities Act Section 83D Request For Proposals.
The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project includes a 145-mile high-voltage direct current transmission line connecting New England’s power grid with the electrical grid in Québec, Canada. The NECEC transmission project, which has an estimated cost of approximately $950 million, would add 1,200 megawatts of transmission capacity to supply New England with power from reliable hydroelectric generation.
Massachusetts selected Avangrid’s $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect proposal from a total of 46 proposals submitted to meet the Commonwealth’s clean energy initiative.
Meanwhile, electric utilities in Massachusetts have officially broken ties with an ambitious proposal to construct a transmission line that would have brought hydro power from Canada through New Hampshire to customers in Massachusetts.
The Electric Distributions Companies (“EDCs”) have terminated the conditional selection of the Northern Pass Hydro project (“NPT Hydro”). The EDCs are in the process of concluding contract negotiations with the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro project (“NECEC Hydro”) and intend to execute agreements with NECEC Hydro for submittal to the Department of Public Utilities, assuming negotiations are concluded successfully.
Central Maine Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avangrid and the largest utility in Maine, partnered with Hydro-Québec on the NECEC bid, which will deliver renewable energy from Québec to the New England grid under the terms of a twenty-year contract.
“The NECEC will supply renewable energy to Massachusetts for twenty years, and it will continue to deliver benefits for New England consumers for decades beyond,” said James Torgerson, chief executive officer of Avangrid in a press release.
If acceptable contract terms for the NECEC proposal are agreed upon, those agreements are anticipated to be filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by April 25, 2018.