Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project
Eversource is proposing to construct a new 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Sudbury and Hudson, Mass. This upgrade is one of a suite of projects designed to improve the reliability of the electric system serving the Greater Boston area, both today and in the future.
The new line would be constructed between the Eversource substation in Sudbury, and the Hudson Light and Power substation in Hudson.
Throughout the project planning stages, Eversource proactively reached out to municipal officials, local community groups and other stakeholders to gather feedback on the proposed project. Based on feedback received, Eversource is proposing a 9-mile, all-underground line as the preferred route and design.
The preferred route includes 7.6 miles within an existing, inactive Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) railroad corridor, passing through Sudbury, Marlborough, Stow and Hudson. The remaining 1.4 miles are located under streets in Hudson.
As part of the siting process, an alternative, in-street route will also be offered for the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board’s (EFSB) consideration. This approximately 10.5-mile route would be underground, under streets in Sudbury, Hudson and Stow.
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Project Facts (proposed route):
- Route length: 9 miles
- Line location: Sudbury, Marlborough, Stow and Hudson, MA
- Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) transmission line
- Siting review by: Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)
Estimated Timetable (subject to change):
- Public Open Houses: March 15 & 16, 2016
- File Environmental Notification Form for review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA): May 15, 2017
- File Siting Petition with the EFSB: April 20, 2017
- EFSB Public Hearings: May 25 and June 1, 2017
- Start of construction (pending all necessary approvals): 2018
- Estimated in-service date: 2019
MASSACHUSETTS ENERGY FACILITIES SITING BOARD (EFSB)
This project requires approval from the EFSB. The EFSB siting process includes both public and evidentiary hearings. The public and other interested stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate in the siting process through the EFSB-sponsored public hearing. Owners of property abutting and near the project will be informed of the public hearing dates and are encouraged to participate.
The regulatory process also requires approval from local, state and federal, permitting agencies, including environmental agencies.
To learn more about the siting process and how to participate, visit the EFSB website.
On April 20, 2017, Eversource submitted a Petition to the EFSB for approval to construct the Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project.
The EFSB's docket is available for viewing in the organization’s file room. Eversource’s filing is docket number EFSB17-02.
MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (MEPA)
On May 15, 2017, Eversource submitted an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) to the MEPA Office for review. On June 12, 2017, the MEPA Office held a public site tour and scoping session for the project.
The MEPA Office requests that all written comments on the project’s ENF be submitted by July 4, 2017, referencing the project's EEA number (EEA #15703). For more information on submitting written comments, please visit the MEPA website.
In addition to the comment period, a Certificate on the ENF, which will include a Scope for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), will be issued on July 14, 2017.
We have engaged town officials, residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders through municipal briefings, open houses and meetings – answering questions and listening to concerns about the project.
We will continue these outreach efforts as the project proceeds through the siting process and into construction.
Regional Open Houses
Regional open houses were held at Hudson Town Hall on March 15, 2016, and Sudbury Town Hall on March 16, 2016. These open houses gave local residents and business owners an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide comments to subject matter experts from Eversource.
For more information about the Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project, send an email to TransmissionInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.