About the Atlantic Link

Atlantic Link will deliver clean, reliable, carbon-free electricity from land-based wind farms and hydro facilities in Atlantic Canada.

The Project

Atlantic Link will deliver clean, reliable, carbon-free electricity from land-based wind farms and hydro facilities in Atlantic Canada through a secure, subsea transmission cable. This is a high-value, low-cost option for delivering an optimal blend of Class I renewable energy and hydropower directly to Massachusetts. Additionally, the Atlantic Link project will use existing transmission infrastructure that would otherwise be unused after the 2019 retirement of Pilgrim nuclear station.

This project means new jobs for our region, much-needed tax revenue for Plymouth, and benefits for lower income citizens. Atlantic Link is good for Plymouth and for Massachusetts.

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The Details

A 1,000-megawatt, high-voltage, direct current subsea cable (approximately 375 miles long) will deliver 5.69 terawatt hours (TWh) of clean energy annually directly to Massachusetts, for a 20-year fixed price.

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Why Atlantic Link?

The Atlantic Link will provide access to clean energy, contributing to Massachusetts’ requirement for sustainable, long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The project will diversify the power supply to Massachusetts and New England as a whole, and create a new transmission path to the Commonwealth which will help with system reliability. The Atlantic Link project will have minimal impact on land because the transmission cable is being installed under water. The existing Pilgrim nuclear station site—slated to close in 2019—will be the landing site for the cable to come ashore, meaning existing infrastructure can be used rather than building new.

Our Experience

Through our parent company, Emera Inc., and our affiliates, we have proven experience delivering similar projects in North America. Most recently, we completed a 110-mile submarine HVDC cable project—the Maritime Link—in Atlantic Canada. The Maritime Link connects the island of Newfoundland to mainland Nova Scotia. The cables were installed in the spring and early summer and will be in-service as scheduled late this year.

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Supporters

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