FERC OKs Quebec-New England power line project

New York, NY, May 21, 2009 – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a funding plan for a major transmission project that will deliver about 1,200 MW of Quebec power to New England.

FERC did not say how much the project would cost in its release, but in December, the developers said the line would cost about $1 billion and transmit enough power to serve more than a million homes.

The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 million to 6 million short tons of carbon dioxide per year by displacing gas-fired generation in New England.

Northeast Utilities, NSTAR and Quebec province-owned Hydro-Quebec are negotiating a joint development agreement for the design, planning and construction of the high voltage direct current line.

Northeast Utilities and NSTAR said in December they would build the U.S. part of the line and Hydro-Quebec would build the Canadian part. It will connect the Des Cantons substation in Quebec with a point to be determined in southern New Hampshire.

Hydro-Quebec will pay for the line and recover its investment through long-term power purchase agreements, the parties said in December.

Although Northeast Utilities and NSTAR would own the U.S. portion of the line, any company could sign power purchase agreements with Hydro-Quebec to buy the power.

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