Waltham Selectboard supports 'Green Line' transmission project

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Waltham Selectboard supports 'Green Line' transmission project

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 4:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Waltham, VT selectboard Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Vermont Green Line and allowing the project to be located along a specified route on Route 7 within the town. Project developers Anbaric Transmission and National Grid have proposed to construct the 60-mile cable project, which would bring 400 megawatts of onshore wind and hydropower from northern New York and Canada to New England. The project will originate in Beekmantown, New York; cross under Lake Champlain, and terminate in New Haven, VT. Both the land and lake portions of the project will be completely buried.

The agreement includes a commitment by the town to file comments of support for the project, including the route in Waltham, with the Vermont Public Service Board.

Waltham is the second Vermont town to sign official support of the transmission project.  In May, the town of New Haven, VT reached an agreement with the project developers to host and support the underground cable and one of the project’s two converter stations. There, a town survey showed overwhelming support for the project with residents electing to support the project by an almost 2:1 margin.

“We committed to build this project with the support of the host communities, so it’s great that local support continues to grow,” said Joe Rossignoli, director, US Business Development for National Grid. “This agreement brings the region a step closer to realizing the benefits of a significant new source of clean, renewable energy.”

About Anbaric

Anbaric, headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, has a track record of leadership in developing competitively selected High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission projects in New York. Anbaric’s corporate mission is to develop innovative, large electric infrastructure projects. As a developer, Anbaric invests in projects that will have long life spans, the foremost being electric transmission assets. Anbaric is also developing a series of large microgrids, known too as distributed energy systems. For more information, please visit  www.anbaric.com .

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). website