Massachusetts sticking with Northern Pass for now

Northern Pass Massachusetts
A sign on Rt. 3 opposed to the planned Northern Pass, a massive transmission project from Quebec to Southern New England. –Bill Greene/Globe Staff

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Massachusetts officials have decided to stick with the Northern Pass project for now, though it will start negotiations with a second hydro project in a bid to deliver clean energy to their state by 2020.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced Friday that it would continue negotiations with Northern Pass until at least March 27. The project, set to deliver hydropower from Canada to customers in southern New England, was thrown into doubt after New Hampshire regulators rejected it this month. The company behind the project, Eversource, plans to request a rehearing.

In light of the developments, Massachusetts said it will start negotiations with the Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect. That project would provide hydro power from Canada through the company’s existing corridors and newly bought land in western Maine.