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Atlantic Link Project, US–Canada [free access]

February 10, 2017

Developer: Emera 


Project details and status: The Atlantic Link Project is a proposed high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that will deliver 900 MW of clean energy from Atlantic Canada directly to Massachusetts, US. The project will provide the Commonwealth and the New England electricity system long-term access to renewable energy at stable prices.


The Atlantic Link will be an approximately 350-mile (563.5 km) submarine HVDC transmission line from a new DC converter station to be constructed at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick, Canada to a new converter station to be constructed at one of two proposed landing sites in Massachusetts, US. The link will deliver clean electricity to Massachusetts from wind farms and hydro facilities in Atlantic Canada and northern Maine. Depending on the landing sites in Massachusetts, 95 per cent to 100 per cent of the line will be placed undersea.


The 900 MW project is 100 per cent owned by Nova Scotia-based Emera, while New Brunswick’s primary electrical utility NB Power holds an option to participate in the Atlantic Link as a minority investor.


In January 2017, Emera initiated a solicitation process to select energy sources to be bundled with transmission services on its Atlantic Link project.


The project is scheduled for operations at the end of 2022.