Company Proposes $200 Million Power Project

via PressRepublican, 09.04.15

PLATTSBURGH — A Massachusetts energy company is proposing a $200 million transmission project for the North Country.

Known as the Vermont Green Line, it would deliver renewable energy from new wind farms in the northern part of Clinton and Franklin counties through an underwater cable on the bottom of Lake Champlain to southern New England.

“This region has great potential for wind farms, and there is a market for this energy in New England, and we want to be part of that,” Bryan Sanderson, senior vice president of Anbaric, an energy company out of Wakefield, Mass., told the Press-Republican.

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Green Line Infrastructure Alliance Statement In Reaction To Energy Legislation Released 07.09.15

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to energy legislation released today by the Baker administration.

“We are very excited and encouraged by the Baker Administration’s energy legislation announced today.  The bill promotes the customer’s interest by allowing a clean energy two-fer: a wind and hydro combination.  This new combination of clean energy generation will help achieve our state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals in a very cost effective way.

“The proposal also recognizes that transmission is key to bringing the new clean energy into our region to meet our climate change goals.  We’re pleased it acknowledges opportunities to offer regional investments in infrastructure and broadens the field of potential, large-scale supply, increasing competition to the benefit of customers.  We look forward to working with the legislature and the Governor on a bill that allows the best clean energy proposals to move forward,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance
National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy.

Statement Regarding New England Clean Energy RFP

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to the public posting today of a coordinated RFP for clean energy resources with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The RFP process, found at http://cleanenergyrfp.com/ is the launch of an effort by the three states to bring clean energy to the region’s grid.

“The Green Line Infrastructure Alliance welcomes this three-state effort as the first step of a collective approach in securing substantial amounts of reliable and affordable clean energy to the New England power grid.

“This RFP process sends a clear message that the states are looking for affordable, renewable energy to boost future economic growth. There are many different ways to bring this clean energy to people and businesses; we think there’s great value in a clean energy ‘two-fer’: combining hydropower with regional, land-based wind resources, all of which can be delivered by a new transmission line at a price lower than today’s costs,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

 

The Case for HVDC

T&D World Magazine, 06.23.15

While the rest of the world is moving ahead with extensive transmission builds employing high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) technology, the U.S. lags in using this technology to strengthen the electric grid. This is especially true of the Eastern Interconnection, where HVDC transmission is still uncommon. (Read More…)

Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in Reaction to May 12, 2015 Legislative Hearing

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to May 12, 2015’s legislative hearing held by the Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on the “state of energy”:

“Today, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy continues its welcome examination of the current state of our energy system. Their work is necessary and potentially jump-starts the next steps in the important transition of our energy supply from fossil to renewable fuels. Cost effective wind and hydroelectric power can be found in abundance in our region and the key is modernizing an electric grid that will deliver those precious resources,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid; the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance
National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity, and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.

Guest commentary: Real plans for clean energy

The Westerly Sun, 4.28.15

The Governors of New England convened a special meeting in Hartford on Thursday to discuss the perilous state of the region’s energy system. Special attention was paid to the infrastructure needed to avoid the serious fuel shortages that have plagued the electric industry during the last two winters, and the even more serious problems — including brownouts, blackouts and severe price spikes — that are expected to occur unless steps are taken to prevent them. Simply stated, the Governors acknowledged the need for clean energy infrastructure. (Read More)

Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance Reacting to NE Governors’ Regional Energy Forum

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to today’s announcement following the New England Governor’s Regional Energy Forum:

“We commend the New England governors for collaborating on this issue and making it a top priority, because our energy challenges and opportunities are regional and no state can address them individually. Diversifying and greening the regional energy portfolio are ‘must-haves’ to ensure our economic and environmental well-being. The innovation of delivering wind power from Northern New England firmed up by abundant and affordable hydropower from Canada via large-scale transmission is cost-effective, buildable and will help states meet their clean energy requirements. New England’s residents and businesses deserve a clean, reliable, secure energy future and we look forward to working with the governors to be part of the solution,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance

National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.
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Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance In Reaction to Legislative Hearing on State of Energy

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to today’s legislative hearing held by the Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on the “state of energy”:

“Today’s hearing on the state of energy in the region is a starting gun for the weeks ahead when some key decisions will be made on our energy future. Already, the Governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have called for proposals to boost the amount of clean energy flowing into Southern New England.  Transmission infrastructure will need to be part of unlocking the region’s clean energy resources.  Projects that combine wind and hydro resources are an efficient approach in terms of cost and permitting.  Wind and hydropower resources together make a perfect mix for policy makers looking to transition to a cleaner energy future and consumers and businesses seeking more stable prices,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance

National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.

New England’s Energy Brokers Must Look Beyond Natural Gas

Boston Globe, 04.12.15

“Snow wasn’t the only thing piling up this winter: Massachusetts ratepayers also saw a bump in their electricity bills as New England’s aging infrastructure struggled to keep up with demand. The rate increase wasn’t a surprise. But the reasons why the prices rose — and the reasons why they are expected to rise again in the coming years — offer important lessons to lawmakers and regulators about how to ensure reliability and protect Massachusetts residents from future price hikes…”