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National Grid, IBEW to build Granite State Power Link project

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 06. 2017 9:13PM

CONCORD — National Grid and a labor union announced Thursday an agreement to construct the proposed Granite State Power Link project, a potential alternative to Northern Pass.

National Grid and development partner Citizens Energy have committed to using skilled local workers from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 104 to build the project, estimated to create up to 2,000 jobs during construction.

The memorandum of understanding “represents an important first step toward the development of a comprehensive project labor agreement,” said Tiler Eaton, IBEW’s international representative for business development.

National Grid said it continues to meet with host communities, state and local officials, landowners and abutters as well as interest groups to discuss the project, which would bring up to 1,200 megawatts of energy from Canada to the New England power grid.

“The Granite State Power Link will deliver significant benefits to families and businesses in New Hampshire and throughout New England,” said Joseph Rossignoli, GSPL project director.

The proposal calls for installing a new, high-voltage, overhead line alongside an existing line running from the international border at Norton, Vt., through Vermont to a proposed converter station on National Grid-owned property in Monroe.

The project is expected to require upgrading an existing National Grid overhead line in New Hampshire, from Monroe to southern New Hampshire, to accommodate the additional power flow from the new line.

Meanwhile, the proposed $1.6 billion Northern Pass project is before a state committee considering the project. It needs several state and federal approvals before it can start operating in late 2019 or early 2020. Project officials hope to garner all necessary approvals by year’s end.

The Northern Pass route runs from Pittsburg to Deerfield and includes 60 miles of buried lines, carrying 1,090 megawatts of electricity from Canada into New England.

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