Interstate Transmission Project Approved
|Bedford, NH — The Merrimack Valley Reliability Project (MVRP), a joint project of Eversource Energy and National Grid, received final approval from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (NHSEC). MVRP is a new overhead 345-kV line through the towns of Londonderry, Hudson, Windham and Pelham, New Hampshire; and Dracut, Andover, and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Normandeau Associates, Inc. assisted National Grid and Eversource Energy with outreach to local communities, preparation of the application, and provided expert testimony to the NHSEC.
MVRP is one of three projects implementing Eversource Energy and National Grid's Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution, which was selected by ISO-NE, New England's independent power system operator, as the preferred solution to improving system reliability and addressing the region's growing electricity demands. In a joint press release, Eversource's Vice President of Electrical Operations, Joe Purington, stated that the Project "answers an urgent need to strengthen the area's electric system and ensure the continued reliable delivery of energy. This decision recognizes that our plan to maintain and operate our transmission system and meet the expectations of our customers is appropriate."
The construction of MVRP will result in additional resiliency and increased system flexibility in both states. Rudy Wynter, president of National Grid's FERC Regulated Businesses stated that "this project will strengthen the power grid that underpins the economic vitality and powers the quality of life in the region. A robust, reliable transmission system is critical to support job growth and enable our 21st century economy." National Grid and Eversource will invest nearly $129 million to bolster the regional infrastructure, and estimate that during peak construction the project will create more than 1,000 local jobs in the two states.
More information about the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution can be found at: www.MA-NHSolution.com.
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