Supreme Court Buries NoPass

A sign on proposed path through Sugar Hill

A sign on proposed path through Sugar Hill

This appears to be the final blow to the ill begotten project, a 192-mile high voltage transmission line through the heart of the North Country on its way to consumers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  

ACT was an early intervenor against the project when it was announced nearly nine years ago. We joined the Appalachian Mountain Club and Conservation Law Foundation in defending the state’s permit denial at the Supreme Court.

Eversource has 10 days after the decision to file for reconsideration. We’ve been amazed that the project continued over all this time, given the intense opposition, the dubious finances, the old-school technology, the change in energy markets, and the other new energy projects in New England that have little opposition. So it may be that Eversource stands up for yet another round, but we’re pretty confident that we’ve seen the last of this project.

You can read the full Supreme Court decision here and the Union Leader’s coverage here


  1. A sign on proposed path through Sugar Hill.

  2. NoPass Rally, September 2012 in Easton (3).

  3. Room of orange at another public hearing, September 2013 at the Mt View in Whitefield.

  4. On Earth Day 2017, opponents made a ring around the State Capitol in Concord. Shown are ACT members and NoPass activists Carl Martland, Doug Evelyn, and Executive Director Rebecca Brown. (2)

  5. Rebecca Brown speaking at a hearing in Whitefield, March 2011. Photo credit: Paul Hayes, Caledonian Record.