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Acushnet to Fall River Reliability Project

To improve system reliability, Eversource and National Grid are proposing a joint project to construct a 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line on existing Eversource and National Grid rights of way from Acushnet to Fall River.

Eversource will be performing protection and control upgrades at its Tremont Substation in Wareham and its Acushnet Substation in Acushnet.

Eversource’s portion of the proposed transmission line will extend approximately 7.9 miles, passing through Acushnet, Dartmouth, and New Bedford. The line would then continue for approximately 4.2 miles in Fall River.

Public Comment Hearing Comment Information: 

Map of the proposed Acushnet to Fall River Reliability Project.

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Project Facts: 

  • Route length: Approximately 12.1 miles
  • Town/city: Acushnet, Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Fall River, MA.
  • Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) overhead transmission line
  • Siting review by: Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)
  • Public Open Houses: Initially held on September 26 and 27, 2018; Additional virtual open houses were held on June 29 and July 8, 2021. The presentation is available in English, Español and Português.

Estimated Timetable (subject to change, pending necessary approvals): 

  • File Siting Petition with the EFSB: 2021
  • EFSB Public Hearing: 2022
  • File MEPA Single Environmental Impact Report (SEIR): 2nd Quarter 2022
  • SEIR Decision and Certificate from MEPA: 2022
  • File applications for other necessary environmental permits from Army Corps, MassDEP, Municipal Conservation Commissions: 4th Quarter 2022
  • Petition Decision from the EFSB: 2023
  • Start of construction: 2024
  • Estimated in-service date: 2024

ENERGY FACILITIES SITING BOARD

To construct and operate the new 115-kV overhead transmission line, Eversource and National Grid have filed a petition with the Massachusetts EFSB for approval. The petition filing is part of the regulatory review process, as defined by Massachusetts state statutes. Read the petition.

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Eversource and National Grid submitted an Expanded Environmental Notification Form (“EENF”) for the Project to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (“MEPA”) Office on November 15, 2018.  The MEPA Office published notice of the EENF for public review in the Environmental Monitor on November 21, 2018, stating that public comments would be due on December 21, 2018.

On December 28, 2018, the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Certificate (“Certificate”) on the EENF filing (EEA No. 15941). The Secretary scoped the Project to prepare a Single Environmental Impact Report (“SEIR”). Copies of the EENF filing and the Secretary’s Certificate on the EENF can be viewed here:

The Companies are actively preparing the SEIR to address Project updates and the items scoped by the Secretary in the Certificate. This webpage will be updated with links to the final SEIR submittal once it has been filed with the MEPA Office.  

Public notice will be provided upon the filing of the SEIR with the MEPA Office, including information on public comment periods and comment submittal deadlines.  This notice will be published in the MEPA Environmental Monitor and within newspapers in general circulation in the project area (The Herald News, The Standard Times, and the O Jornal).  The notice will be provided to the MEPA Distribution List that includes State Agencies and Local Municipal Elected Officials, Departments and Commissions.  The notice will be provided to the community-based organizations active in the project area as well as all abutters within 300ft of the project route. 

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Eversource and National Grid have engaged town officials, residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders via municipal briefings, open houses, mailings, and meetings to answer questions and listen to concerns. As the proposed project proceeds through the siting and permitting process, we will continue keep you informed.

Public Open Houses related to the EFSB Petition filing were initially held on September 26 and 27, 2018 in Acushnet and Dartmouth, respectively.  Additional virtual open houses were held remotely via ZOOM webinar on June 29 and July 8, 2021 at 6:30pm with real-time language interpretation services provided for Spanish and Portuguese. The virtual open house presentation is available in English, Español and Português. Advance notice identifying the date, time, and web address for the virtual open houses were published in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and mailed to all abutters within 300ft of the project route and publicly advertised in English in The Chronicle (weekly newspaper of Dartmouth and Westport), The Standard Times (daily newspaper for the South Coast area, including Fall River and New Bedford), The Herald News (daily newspaper for the South Coast area, including Fall River and New Bedford) and in Portuguese in the O Jornal (weekly Portuguese and English language newspaper for Southeastern Massachusetts).  The open houses were also advertised on-line at www.southcoasttoday.com.

In April 2022, advance notice of the planned filing of the MEPA SEIR document was e-mailed to numerous environmental justice advocacy groups and community-based organizations active in the project area, as well as all abutters within 300ft of the project route.  The notice included information related to the MEPA process and web address links for where the public can find more information about the project and download links for the MEPA EENF document and the Certificate document issued by MEPA.  The advance notice offered to have the EENF filing, or the MEPA Certificate translated into Spanish or Portuguese upon request and offered an in-person or virtual project information presentation upon request from any community-based organization. 

Public notice will also be provided upon the filing of the SEIR with the MEPA office.  This notice will be published in the Environmental Monitor and within newspapers in general circulation in the project area (The Herald News, The Standard Times, and the O Jornal).  The notice will be provided to the MEPA Distribution List that includes State Agencies and Local Municipal Elected Officials, Departments and Commissions.  The notice will also be provided to the community-based organizations active in the project area as well as all abutters within 300ft of the project route.

MORE PROJECT INFORMATION

For more information about the Eversource portion of the Acushnet to Fall River Reliability Project, please reach out to us at ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.

For more information specific to National Grid's Fall River portion of the project, visit southcoastreliabilityprojects.com, send an email to National Grid at Info@SouthCoastReliabilityProjects.com or call 833-233-7277.