Project Benefits

Atlantic Link would reliably deliver carbon-free energy directly to Massachusetts. It would also create construction jobs and deliver new tax revenue to the host community of the landing site, Plymouth.

A project of this scale offers significant benefits to Massachusetts, including:

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

Tax revenue for the Town of Plymouth, the proposed cable landing site where a new HVDC converter station and substation would be constructed.

  • Significant new jobs and capital investment in Massachusetts during construction of Atlantic Link facilities. More than 200 jobs a year would be created during approximately three years of construction. Another 500 indirect new jobs could be expected as a result of the project.
  • Capital investment in the Plymouth facilities would be approximately $260 million.
  • The project would re-purpose existing transmission infrastructure that 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.

Jobs

The Atlantic Link project would provide good, well-paying jobs during construction in Massachusetts as well as in eastern Canada where new wind farms would be constructed to supply energy for Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts:

An estimated 200+ full-time jobs per year in the Plymouth area during construction of Atlantic Link facilities.

In Eastern Canada:

Depending on the amount of wind committed to the project, upwards of 4,000 direct jobs would be created during construction of new wind farms and Atlantic Link facilities.

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.

New wind generation proposed and delivered by the Atlantic Link would offset more than two million tons of carbon emissions each year - a significant contribution toward achieving legislated requirements under the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions 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.

Hydro power from eastern Canada would complement the new wind generation, and further offset carbon-emitting sources of generation that currently serve electricity customers in Massachusetts.