The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) is an independent state board that reviews proposed large energy facilities including power plants, electric transmission lines, intra-state natural gas pipelines, and natural gas storage tanks. To obtain EFSB approval, a proposed facility must demonstrate that it would provide a reliable energy supply, with a minimum impact on the environment, at the lowest possible cost. The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) administratively supports the work of the EFSB and its staff, but the nine-member EFSB makes its decisions independently. EFSB staff also conducts DPU siting-related cases that do not fall within the EFSB’s jurisdiction.
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Energy consumers by ensuring a reliable supply of energy at the lowest possible cost.
Communities and residents by ensuring that approved facilities have minimized environmental impacts such as: air emissions, noise, traffic, waste, electric and magnetic fields, wetlands and water quality degradation, visual intrusions, and risks to public health and safety.
Energy facility developers who must obtain EFSB approval to construct proposed facilities.
Federal, state, and local agencies that are also involved in the review and permitting of proposed energy facilities.