Emera moves forward on proposed Atlantic Link submarine transmission line

Emera Inc. has initiated a solicitation process for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on its proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project.

This 350-mile-long submarine high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line is proposed to deliver 900 MW of clean energy, including hydropower, into the ISO-New England market. The line will run from a new DC converter station to be constructed at Coleson Cove, New Brunswich, Canada, to a new converter station to be built at one of two proposed landing sites in Massachusetts, U.S.

The Atlantic Link will be 100% owned by Emera, with NB Power holding an option to participate as minority investor. Stakeholder and permitting activities are under way, and the line will be in service by the end of 2022, Emera says.

Power Advisory LLC, an independent administrator, will receive proposals from qualified parties willing to offer energy until April 12, 2017.

Energy transmitted on the line will be bundled with transmission services provided by the Atlantic Link and will be advanced by Emera in response to a clean energy request for proposals (RFP) for up to 9.45 TWh (or about 1,200 MW) of hydro and/or wind energy that is expected in early 2017 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, according to a press release from Emera.

Emera invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution; gas transmission and distribution; and utility energy services with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources, the company says.

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