Energy Facilities Siting Board

Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 164, §§ 69G, 69J and 69J¼, the Energy Facilities Siting Board has jurisdiction over the construction of the following facilities:

(1) A generating facility (any generating unit designed for or capable of operating at a gross capacity of 100 megawatts or more);

(2) A new electric transmission line having a design rating of 69 kilovolts or more and which is one mile or more in length on a new transmission corridor;

(3) A new electric transmission line having a design rating of 115 kilovolts or more which is 10 miles or more in length on an existing transmission corridor except reconductoring or rebuilding of transmission lines at the same voltage;

(4) An ancillary structure which is an integral part of the operation of any transmission line which is a facility;

(5) A unit, including associated buildings and structures, designed for or capable of the manufacture or storage of gas, except such units below a minimum threshold size as established by regulation; and

(6) A new pipeline for the transmission of gas having a normal operating pressure in excess of 100 pounds per square inch gauge which is greater than one mile in length except restructuring, rebuilding, or relaying of existing gas pipelines of the same capacity.

Pursuant to G. L. c. 164, § 69K, the Energy Facilities Siting Board may issue a certificate of environmental impact and public interest with respect to a jurisdictional facility; if an electric, gas or oil company proposes to construct or operate a jurisdictional energy facility in Massachusetts and is prevented or hindered from building the facility because of an adverse state or local agency permitting decision or undue agency delay. The certificate of environmental impact and public interest, if granted, has the legal effect of granting the permit in question and may grant additional project permits as well.

Pursuant to G. L. c. 164, § 69S, the Energy Facilities Siting Board may authorize the exercise of eminent domain power with respect to oil pipelines.

The Siting Board also represents the Commonwealth before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on cases involving the construction of energy infrastructure in Massachusetts, and pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 69H ½ coordinates state and local permitting of Massachusetts hydropower projects.




This information is provided by the Energy Facilities Siting Board