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Project Benefits

Atlantic Link will reliably deliver carbon-free energy directly to Massachusetts, while also creating new jobs and tax revenue in Plymouth.

A project of this scale holds the potential for significant benefits to Massachusetts, including:

New, direct connection between Massachusetts and supply sources in Atlantic Canada—a reliable source of clean, carbon-free energy.

Tax revenue of $2.5 million annually for the Town of Plymouth for the term of Atlantic Link’s 20-year contract.

A commitment of $750,000 per year to fund energy-related programs delivered by the South Shore Community Action Council to assist low-income residents.

  • Significant new jobs and capital investment in Massachusetts during construction of Atlantic Link facilities. More than 200 jobs a year will be created during approximately three years of construction, with estimated wages of $271 million. Another 500 indirect new jobs are expected as a result of the project. 
  • Capital investment in the Plymouth facilities will be approximately $260 million.
  • The project will repurpose existing transmission infrastructure that today connects the Pilgrim nuclear station to the ISO-New England grid, and would otherwise be unused after Pilgrim retires in mid-2019.
  • Increased system reliability because the cable is buried on the sea floor and geographically distant from existing transmission lines.
  • Direct delivery to Massachusetts will allow the Commonwealth to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2.2 million tons a year.
  • Uncontracted capacity of 35% will allow additional energy to flow to Massachusetts on Atlantic Link at market rates.

Jobs

The Atlantic Link project will provide good, well-paying jobs during construction in Massachusetts as well as in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

In Massachusetts:

An estimated 200+ full-time jobs per year in the Plymouth area during construction of Atlantic Link facilities, with estimated total wages of $217 million.

In New Brunswick:

An estimated 7,500 person years of employment related primarily to wind farm construction, and an estimated $1.2 billion in GDP growth.

In Nova Scotia: 

An estimated 1,000 person years of employment related to wind farm construction and more than $125 million in GDP growth.

Clean Energy

Massachusetts has long recognized the benefits of clean energy and identified the need to move toward more sustainable forms of electricity generation—also known as Class I energy sources. This has been formally recognized by Section 83D(a), Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008, as amended by Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity.

The new wind generation proposed and delivered by the Atlantic Link is estimated to offset approximately 2.2 million tons of carbon emissions each year—a significant contribution toward achieving legislated requirements under the Massachusetts Global Warming Solution Act which requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from each sector of the economy summing to a total reduction of 80% by 2050 compared to the 1990 baseline emission level.

Most of the energy being delivered by the Atlantic Link (70%) is from new wind farms. The remainder is hydro power from Nalcor Energy and NB Power. The majority of the hydro generation that will serve Massachusetts via the Atlantic Link is new construction (Muskrat Falls in Labrador). This commitment will displace emitting resources that currently serve electricity customers in the Commonwealth.

The substantial wind energy delivered by the Atlantic Link will result in the greatest emissions reductions for Massachusetts when compared with other proposed projects. 

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Supporters

Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation
Old Colony Planning Council
South Shore Community Action Council
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce