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Greater Cambridge Energy Project

EFSB 22-03/D.P.U. 22-21: Eversource Energy petitions to construct, operate and maintain: (1) eight new 115-kilovolt (“kV”) underground transmission lines that will be housed in a total of five new duct banks, totaling approximately 8.3 miles, in portions of Cambridge, Somerville and the Allston/Brighton area of Boston (the “New Lines”); (2) a new 115/14 kV substation, which will be located in an underground vault on a property between Broadway and Binney Streets in Cambridge (the “New Substation”); and (3) modifications to certain existing substation facilities in Cambridge, Somerville, and Allston/Brighton.

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Second Public Comment Hearing – November 10, 2022

The Siting Board will conduct a second remote public comment hearing regarding the Project using Zoom videoconferencing on November 10, 2022, at 6:00 pm. Attendees can join by clicking (or entering) the following link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83646572343 from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. No prior software download is required. For audio-only participation, attendees can dial in at 1 646 558 8656 (not toll free) and then enter the Webinar ID: 83646572343.

If you anticipate providing comments via Zoom during the public comment hearing, please send an email to geneen.bartley@mass.gov with your name, email address, and mailing address by November 10, 2022. If you anticipate commenting by telephone, please leave a voicemail message at (617) 305-3529 with your name, telephone number, and mailing address by November 10, 2022. Additional commenters may be allowed during the public comment hearing, at the discretion of the Presiding Officer.

Siting Board staff directed the Company to evaluate a potential hybrid alternative route through Cambridge and Somerville to connect the proposed New Substation with the Company’s existing Somerville Substation. This new alternative route is referred to as the Noticed Hybrid Alternative Route S15 and it is described further below.

The Siting Board will accept additional public comments, and additional petitions to intervene or to participate as a limited participant in the Siting Board’s review of the Project relating to the new Noticed Hybrid Alternative Route S15 by November 25, 2022.

A copy of the full notice can be accessed at the following links:

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Written Comments

The Siting Board will accept written comments on the Project.  Written comments will be most useful to the Siting Board if submitted by November 25, 2022.

Written comments on the Companies’ Project must be filed in two places:

First, the comments, must be filed with the Siting Board in electronic format, by email or email attachment to dpu.efiling@mass.gov; and to donna.sharkey@mass.gov no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on November 25, 2022. The text of the e-mail must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (EFSB 22-03/D.P.U. 22-21); (2) the name of the person or entity submitting the filing; and (3) a brief description of the document.  The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing.

Second, the comments must be sent electronically to counsel for the Companies, David S. Rosenzweig, Esq., Keegan Werlin LLP, 99 High Street, Suite 2900, Boston, MA 02110, drosen@keeganwerlin.com.

Participation in Proceedings

Persons or groups who wish to be involved in the Siting Board proceeding beyond providing comments at the public comment hearing or submitting written comments may seek either to intervene as a party or to participate as a limited participant.  A petition to intervene or participate must be filed with the Siting Board in electronic format, by email or email attachment, to dpu.efiling@mass.gov and to donna.sharkey@mass.gov no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on November 25, 2022.

For those individuals and groups that are “substantially and specifically” affected by energy proposals, and wish to participate actively in the proceeding, please visit the link below to learn more.

File a petition to intervene in an EFSB or DPU Siting case | Mass.gov

First Public Comment Hearing – June 28, 2022

The first public comment hearing was completed on June 28, 2022.  The public comment hearing recording for those unable to attend can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAlOnZHCoIo.

A copy of the full notice can be accessed at the following links:

English | Spanish | Portuguese | Mandarin Chinese | Haitian Creole

Important Dates

This section will be updated when the EFSB develops a procedural schedule for this proceeding.

March 10, 2022:  Eversource files Petitions with the EFSB and D.P.U.

June 28, 2022:  First Public Comment Hearing

July 22, 2022:  Initial Deadline to Petition to Intervention or Participate as Limited Participant

November 10, 2022:  Second Public Comment Hearing

November 25, 2022:  Deadline to Petition to Intervene or Participate as a Limited Participant/Deadline to Provide Written Comment on New Noticed Hybrid Alternative Route S15

Project Information

NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy (“Eversource” or the “Company”), located at 247 Station Drive, Westwood, Massachusetts 02090, has filed two related petitions with the Energy Facilities Siting Board (“Siting Board”) and the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) in connection with the Company’s proposal to construct, operate and maintain:  (1) eight new 115-kilovolt (“kV”) underground transmission lines that will be housed in a total of five new duct banks, totaling approximately 8.3 miles, in portions of Cambridge, Somerville and the Allston/Brighton area of Boston (the “New Lines”); (2) a new 115/14‑kV substation, which will be located in an underground vault on a property between Broadway and Binney Streets in Cambridge (the “New Substation”); and (3) modifications to certain existing substation facilities in Cambridge, Somerville, and Allston/Brighton.  This work is collectively referred to as the Greater Cambridge Energy Program, or the “Project.”  The Company states that the Project is designed to address long-term reliability needs in the Cambridge area, which is experiencing rapid economic development and sustained load growth.

The Company’s interactive project maps and information are also available on the Company’s website at the following address:

https://www.eversource.com/content/general/residential/about/transmission-distribution/projects/massachusetts-projects/greater-cambridge-energy-project.

Project Filing with EFSB

The Companies filed two related petitions with the Siting Board and Department, which have been consolidated into one proceeding.  The petition to construct the Project includes the following information: (1) a description of the Project; (2) an analysis of the need for the Project; (3) a description of the alternatives to the Project; and (4) a description of the environmental impacts of the Project. 

All documents related filed in relation to a proceeding are posted to the DPU Fileroom.  The Fileroom page for a proceeding represents the official record for that proceeding.  The public can access the Fileroom page for this proceeding at the following link:

Accommodation Requests

The EFSB has standardized procedures for requesting special accommodations in a proceeding.  Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  Include a complete description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need more information.  Please provide as much advance notice as possible.  Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but we may be unable to fulfill the request. Please send your requests to: Melixza G. Esenyie, ADA and Diversity Manager at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs at Melixza.Esenyie2@mass.gov or call 617-626-1282.

Interpretation services for those with limited English language proficiency are available upon request.  Include in your request the language required, and a way to contact you if the Presiding Officer needs more information.  Please provide as much advance notice as possible.  Last minute requests may not be able to be accommodated.  Contact the Presiding Officer (contact information below).

Siting Board Statues and Regulations

The Company’s two petitions have been consolidated for hearing before the Siting Board under docket number EFSB 22-03/D.P.U. 22-21.  Under G.L. c. 164, § 69J, the Siting Board will review the Companies’ filing to determine whether the Project would provide a reliable energy supply for the Commonwealth with a minimum impact on the environment at the lowest possible cost.  Under G.L. c. 164 § 72, the Siting Board will determine whether the proposed Project is necessary for the purposes stated, serves the public convenience, and is consistent with the public interest. 

Please visit the link below to learn more.

Energy facility siting laws and regulations | Mass.gov

Contact

Any person desiring further information regarding this proceeding, including information regarding intervention or participation in the adjudicatory proceeding, may contact the Presiding Officer at the following telephone number or email address:

Donna Sharkey, Presiding Officer
Energy Facilities Siting Board
One South Station
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 305-3525
donna.sharkey@mass.gov

Useful Information

EFSB and DPU Siting Process

Energy facility siting laws and regulations listing

Energy Facilities Siting Board Handbook (updated 2019) | Guía para fijar la ubicación de instalaciones energéticas (2019)

Siting Related Links

Contact

Phone

EFSB/DPU Siting Division (617) 305-3525
DPU Main (617) 305-3500

Fax

(617) 443-1116

Address

Department of Public Utilities
1 South Station, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02110
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