As the project progresses, National Grid and Eversource will continue our ongoing commitment to keeping officials, residents, businesses up to date. Please note that the siting processes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are separate and distinct. Below, we have laid out the basic steps of each state’s siting process.

National Grid and Eversource have begun petitioning the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) and the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) for project approvals. See the chart below for a high-level overview of the siting process. Public involvement is encouraged throughout each process.

Massachusetts DPU / EFSB Process

  • Step 1

    Solicit town/community input on proposed project

    Conduct public Community Meetings

  • Step 2

    File an application with the MA DPU/EFSB

  • Step 3

    MA DPU/EFSB evaluates the proposed project

    After filing, the MA DPU/EFSB will hold public hearings for additional community input

    MA DPU/EFSB will issue written requests for information and hold evidentiary hearings in Boston

    Written briefs filed with the MA DPU/EFSB

  • Step 4

    Approximately 12 months after application is filed, MA DPU/EFSB issues its decision

New Hampshire SEC Process

  • Step 1

    Solicit town/community input

    Conduct Public Information Sessions (1 per county)

  • Step 2

    File application with SEC

    SEC application completeness review

    Conduct Public Information Sessions (1 per county) - 45 days after application acceptance

  • Step 3

    SEC/Agency Joint Public Hearings (1 per county) - 45 days after filing

  • Step 4

    SEC Hearings

    SEC Decision