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Project Description

The Northeast Energy Link is a proposed 230-mile 1,100 MW direct current (DC) transmission line delivering renewable energy from northern and eastern Maine and eastern Canada into southern New England. Current project planning is considering an underground transmission line route utilizing existing transportation corridors in eastern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  

The primary project benefits are twofold. 

First, consumers will see long-term environmental benefits by increasing regional access to clean energy.  Second, the line will allow renewable power to be delivered to load centers in New England at a very competitive cost compared to other renewable energy alternatives, including Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP). 

The Northeast Energy Link's tranmission capacity will be funded by renewable generation developers and other suppliers. Other customers would not see an increase in transmission rates related to the construction of NEL. Use of the transmission line's capacity would be provided to generators on a cost basis.  The cost of the transmission likely would be included in the price of the power that is sold by the generators to the power purchaser.
 
With an investment of over $2 billion, the Northeast Energy Link will help New England states and local electric utilities meet their renewable portfolio standard (RPS) obligations. 

A recent independent study found that the Northeast Energy Link is a cost-competitive regional solution as compared to other means of meeting rising state RPS standards.
The project provides a critical connection to the vast renewable energy resources of northern and eastern Maine and eastern Canada.
The project provides a critical connection to the vast renewable energy resources of northern and eastern Maine and eastern Canada.  The Northeast Energy Link has been identified as a baseline project in the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative study efforts and compliments the 2010 Independent System Operator (ISO) Economic Study performed at request of the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE).

Project Need

ISO-NE has concluded that new cost-competitive renewable energy resources are needed in meeting state RPS standards and minimizing carbon emissions.  

Currently, several thousand megawatts of clean renewable energy generation are proposed for northern and eastern Maine and eastern Canada.   Although available to all New England electric consumers, much of this is targeted for export to southern New England, including wind, hydro and tidal sources.  

The Northeast Energy Link is the critical energy transmission infrastructure needed to bring renewable resources to southern New England.

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The Northeast Energy Link provides a critical connection to the vast renewable energy resources of northern and eastern Maine and eastern Canada.