Press Release: Eversource Transmission Project Provides New Hampshire Jobs

Press Release

Eversource Transmission Project Provides New Hampshire Jobs

Company fulfills commitment to hire local workers for NH projects

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (October 19, 2016) – A number of New Hampshire-based companies, and local workers, have been selected by Eversource to begin the first phase of a critical transmission project in the Granite State. The workers will prepare this fall for construction of the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, a new overhead transmission line to be built in existing rights-of-way between Londonderry, New Hampshire and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee issued a Certificate of Approval for the project on October 4th.

“Providing opportunities for New Hampshire workers is a cornerstone of our Energy Jobs Partnership,” noted Bill Quinlan, President of New Hampshire electric operations for Eversource. “We are making significant investments in the Granite State to improve electric reliability, and we are committed to seeing that local workers and companies benefit.”

The Merrimack Valley Reliability Project (MVRP) is a joint undertaking by Eversource and National Grid and will result in a total investment of nearly $129 million to bolster the regional infrastructure in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  It is estimated that during peak construction the project will create more than 1,000 local jobs in both states.

Work to begin this year by Eversource includes preparing the existing power line right-of-way for construction. This will include workers from Triple L Trucking and Greymont Trucking of Henniker, as well as M & R Wood Recycling of Derry. A.B. Excavating of Lancaster will also be involved in the initial phase of the project.

“As a New Hampshire resident myself, I appreciate the opportunity to work right here close to home,” said Superintendent Leroy Morin of Northern Tree Service Inc. “It certainly has a ripple economic effect, from small items such as meals to much bigger purchases like equipment servicing.”

Project construction in 2017 will also include many local workers. Michels Corporation will construct the power line, using lineworkers from IBEW Local 104 and a core group of New Hampshire-based management and companies, including: U.S. Silt & Site Supply, Bow; Redimix Companies Inc., Manchester; New England Mat Company, Winchester; and, Busby Construction, Atkinson. Michels Corp anticipates a significant economic impact in New Hampshire through its spending on lodging and fuel; and, the company continues to seek New Hampshire based companies, including aggregate suppliers, flaggers, police details and waste removal.

ES Boulos Company will be responsible for substation construction and will utilize lineworkers, electricians and laborers from New Hampshire Local Unions 104, 490 and 976. The company also anticipates utilizing New Hampshire based crane services, suppliers and material distributors

Eversource Energy Jobs Partnership – The jobs partnership focuses on three key areas of employment: A commitment to hire qualified New Hampshire electric utility workers first for local transmission and distribution projects; a commitment to non-union New Hampshire-based companies, providing them with the opportunity to bid on project work; and, a first-of-its-kind training program providing New Hampshire apprentices with classroom instruction and hands-on experience on the many Eversource infrastructure projects happening across the state.

New England’s independent system operator, ISO-New England, identified inadequate transmission resources to serve the region’s electricity needs. The MVRP will address this issue and bring added resiliency and increased system flexibility to the entire Merrimack Valley area. The project will run along existing utility rights-of-way, with approximately 18 miles through Londonderry, Hudson, Windham, and Pelham in New Hampshire and approximately 6.5 miles through Dracut, Andover, and Tewksbury in Massachusetts, for a total length of approximately 24.5 miles.

Community meetings will be held before construction begins to inform property and business owners, as well as other interested parties about work activities and schedules. Project representatives from Eversource and National Grid will continue to communicate directly with residents along the rights-of-way throughout the construction and restoration process.

The recent decision by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee approving the project followed rounds of public information sessions and public hearings in New Hampshire counties through which the new line will pass.

For more information about the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, visit MA-NHsolution.com, call 1-844-646-8427 or send an email with questions to Info@MA-NHSolution.com.

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Press Release: Regional Electric Transmission Reliability Project Receives Final Regulatory Approval

Press Release

Regional Electric Transmission Reliability Project Receives Final Regulatory Approval

Construction to begin this fall; Project is expected to create more than 1,000 local jobs

MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 5, 2016) – New Hampshire regulators have given final approval to the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, which Eversource and National Grid expect to begin constructing this fall. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) issued its Certificate of Approval for the new overhead 345 kV transmission line to be built in an existing right-of-way between Londonderry, New Hampshire and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved the Massachusetts portion of the project in April 2016.

“The Merrimack Valley Reliability Project answers an urgent need to strengthen the area’s electric system and ensure the continued reliable delivery of energy,” said Eversource Vice President of Electrical Operations Joe Purington. “This decision recognizes that our plan to maintain and operate our transmission system and meet the expectations of our customers is appropriate.”

 “This project will strengthen the power grid that underpins the economic vitality and powers the quality of life in the region,” said Rudy Wynter, president of National Grid’s FERC Regulated Businesses.  “A robust, reliable transmission system is critical to support job growth and enable our 21st century economy.”  

The MVRP will run along existing utility rights-of-way, with approximately 18 miles through Londonderry, Hudson, Windham, and Pelham in New Hampshire and approximately 6.5 miles through Dracut, Andover, and Tewksbury in Massachusetts, for a total length of approximately 24.5 miles.

National Grid and Eversource will jointly invest a total of nearly $129 million* in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to bolster the regional infrastructure.  The utilities estimate that during peak construction the project will create more than 1,000 local jobs in both states.

In July, the Site Evaluation Committee verbally approved the project and said it would later issue a Certificate of Site and Facility, which happened Tuesday, October 4. The decision followed rounds of public information sessions and public hearings in the New Hampshire counties through which the new line will pass.

Keeping open the lines of communication with local communities will continue to be a hallmark of the project.  The project team will hold community meetings to inform residents, property and business owners and other interested parties about work activities and schedules. Project representatives from Eversource and National Grid will continue to communicate directly with local officials and project neighbors along the right-of-way throughout the construction and restoration process and will post regular updates on the project web page

For more information about the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, visit MA-NHsolution.com, call 1-844-646-8427 or send an email with questions to Info@MA-NHSolution.com.

*An earlier version of this news release included an inaccurate number.)

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Op-Ed: Southern NH transmission project should be OKd

Southern NH transmission project should be OKd

It’s a way of enhancing the Merrimack Valley’s economic development prospects

Afew days before Christmas, the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce took part in a celebration marking the opening of Pettengill Road in Londonderry. As federal, state and local officials gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open this three-quarter-mile stretch of road near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport that will open up nearly 1,000 acres of prime industrial land to development, optimism about our region’s future economic development prospects was palpable.

And while the chamber shares in this optimism, we are also concerned that our region might not be able to fully realize this unparalleled economic development opportunity, not to mention those afforded by the coming expansion of Interstate 93, the construction of Exit 4A, the buildout of Woodmont Commons and the projected growth around Exit 3 in Windham, if we don’t find ways to improve our energy challenges.

Among the region’s energy challenges is our electric transmission infrastructure. Since 2008, long before any of the above-mentioned economic development projects began moving forward, ISO New England, the independent operator of the New England electric grid, has noted that the existing electric transmission resources are inadequate to serve the needs of southern New Hampshire and greater Boston.

To be fair, a lack of adequate transmission infrastructure is just one of several energy challenges we face in southern New Hampshire. But it is something that is being

addressed locally by Eversource Energy and National Grid, whose Merrimack Valley Reliability Project has been selected by ISO New England as its preferred solution to strengthen the area’s electric system in response to said aging infrastructure as well as forecasted load growth.

If approved by state regulators, the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project will see the construction of a new overhead 345-kilovolt line along 24.5 miles of existing rights-of-way, 18 miles of which run through the New Hampshire towns of Londonderry, Hudson, Windham, and Pelham, for a total New Hampshire investment of $82 million.

This project, which will expand transmission reliability and capacity, will not solve southern New Hampshire’s energy problems by itself. But it is a start. And it is for this reason that the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project as a means of maintaining and improving the region’s economic health.

The chamber urges regulators to approve the project in a timely manner as the greater Derry-Londonderry region’s future economic development prospects are contingent upon a reliable and affordable source of electricity. 

Will Stewart is president of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

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National Grid and Eversource Invite Community Members to Attend New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee Public Information Sessions on the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       

October 26, 2015                                          

National Grid and Eversource Invite Community Members to Attend New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee Public Information Sessions on the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project

MANCHESTER, NH – National Grid and Eversource will participate in two Public Information Sessions hosted by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) on the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project (MVRP). The MVRP is a proposed new overhead transmission line between Londonderry, NH, and Tewksbury, MA. Approximately 18 miles of the new lines will pass through Londonderry, Hudson, Windham, and Pelham in New Hampshire within existing utility rights-of-way.

The proposed transmission improvement will strengthen the electric system to better serve homes and businesses in southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts. As part of the approval process, Eversource and National Grid filed an application with the New Hampshire SEC on August 5, 2015 to construct and operate the proposed transmission line, and the application was deemed complete by written order on October 5, 2015.

The Public Information Sessions are required by the SEC siting process and provide an opportunity for members of the public to register questions or comments on the project with the SEC.

Both National Grid and Eversource will have project team members available to speak with residents, along with maps and detailed project materials.

Rockingham County
Thursday, October 29, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Golden Brook Elementary School

112B Lowell Road

Windham, NH

 

Hillsborough County

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sherburne Hall

6 Village Green

Pelham, NH

For more information about the project, visit www.ma-nhsolution.com, or email info@MA-NHSolution.com, or call 844–646–8427.


About Eversource
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy).

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st-century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information please visit our website, or our Connecting website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, and find our photos on Instagram.

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Permit Application Filed for Reliability Project

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Press Release: Regional Reliability Project Application Filed

Ample opportunity for public comment on the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project.

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Eversource Says N.H. Workers To Get First Dibs on Some Transmission Jobs

Eversource Energy says it has come to an agreement with an electrical union that will funnel more work to New Hampshire residents.

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Eagle Tribune: Merrimack Valley Reliability Project addresses neighbors' concerns

Neighbors expressed concerns about environmental, visual and residential impacts of the proposed Merrimack Valley Reliability Project at a forum hosted by Eversource Energy and National Grid at Matthew Thornton Elementary School on Wednesday night.

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Nashua Telegraph: Open house Thursday in Hudson on power line upgrade project

Nashua Telegraph

Open house Thursday in Hudson on power line upgrade project

Wednesday, May 6

David Brooks, Staff Writer

HUDSON – Public discussions of major energy projects tend to be contentious affairs, but a gathering in Hudson on Thursday, providing details on a half-billion-dollar transmission upgrade, may be quieter.

The open house and public information session will be held at Hudson Memorial School from 5:30-9 p.m., with engineers and utility officials on hand to discuss plans to run 345-kilovolt lines through Londonderry, Hudson, Windham and Pelham, then into Massachusetts, using an existing power line right of way that has held lines for years. 

Full article: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062979-469/open-house-thursday-in-hudson-on-power.html

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Patch: Eversource, National Grid Host Local Open Houses for for Merrimack Valley Reliability Project

National Grid and Eversource will host a series of open houses and public information sessions on the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, a proposed new overhead transmission line between Londonderry and Tewksbury, MA, according to a press release.

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