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Eversource to update Access Northeast proposal with PUC

Staff Report
June 11. 2018 9:26PM

MANCHESTER — Eversource on Monday notified the state Public Utilities Commission that it will submit an updated proposal to replace the company’s agreement to purchase capacity on the proposed Access Northeast gas pipeline expansion.

This comes after the state Supreme Court recently reversed the PUC’s 2016 dismissal of the original agreement and had sent the issue to the PUC.

Access Northeast is a $3 billion joint venture proposed by Eversource, Spectra Energy and National Grid to be funded by electricity ratepayers.

Eversource, meanwhile, said it also asked the PUC to throw out its 2017 dismissal of a power purchase agreement between the company and Hydro-Québec that would have provided New Hampshire customers with a portion of the clean energy slated to be carried by the $1.6 billion Northern Pass project.

The state Site Evaluation Committee rejected Northern Pass’s application this year. Eversource said it might pursue the SEC rejection in court.

The PUC’s dismissal of that agreement was based on the Access Northeast order that the Supreme Court has reversed, according to Eversource. That dismissal prevented the significant benefits of that agreement from being considered by Site Evaluation Committee during deliberations on Northern Pass’ siting application, according to Eversource.

“New Hampshire’s highest court has clearly determined that reducing energy costs to customers was the Legislature’s primary intent in restructuring the state’s electric utility system,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “The PUC’s decisions were out of step with that intent.”

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