Massachusetts clean energy bid won by Northern Pass
Northern Pass has been selected by officials in the state of Massachusetts to win the hydropower clean-energy project.
The project aims to deliver one-seventh of the state’s electricity demand over a seven-year period.
Northern Pass are anticipated to deliver 1,090MW of hydropower per year.
“The clean, affordable power flowing over Northern Pass into the New England grid in 2020 will provide customers in the Commonwealth and throughout the region with much-needed energy price stability and emissions reductions and will deliver significant economic and environmental benefits to the region for years to come,” stated Lee Oliver, Executive VP of Enterprise Strategy and Business Development at Eversource.
“We are pleased with the decision announced today, and appreciate the thorough review by the Massachusetts bid evaluation team.”
The firm’s transmission line begins in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, on the Canadian border, and ends in Deerfield, New Hamsphire, where it connects to the New England grid.
More than 80% of the 192 mile-line will travel along existing transmission corridors, or be buried along roadways, removing potential view impact.
“Based on its economic benefit to ratepayers and availability to move forward, it provided the greatest overall value to Massachusetts customers,” said Judith Judson, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.