NECEC Statement on Baker-Polito Administration Approval of Northern Pass Hydro

NECEC today released the following statement regarding the Baker-Polito Administration's announcement that Northern Pass Hydro was selected as the sole bid to move forward as part of the Commonwealth’s 83D procurement:

“NECEC is both surprised and disappointed ​to see that the selection announced by the Baker-Polito Administration today did not include any Class 1 RPS eligible renewable energy resources,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein.

“In 2016, the Legislature specifically included Class 1 eligible resources, primarily wind and solar, as part of this procurement to ensure ​there would be healthy ​competition to hydro energy to provide Massachusetts consumers with the most competitive prices for the this scale of a long-term commitment.”

“This solicitation was meant to encourage innovative proposals across a range of resources and to take into account economics but also meeting the Commonwealth’s goals of adding more renewables. Not including renewables in this solicitation is a major set back to the effort to truly diversify the Commonwealth’s energy mix and advance renewable energy.”

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