The Atlantic Link project has initiated state permitting activity in Massachusetts, and filed application with the U.S. Department of Energy for a Presidential Permit that would authorize construction and installation of the subsea transmission cable.

A Presidential Permit authorizes the construction, connection, operation and maintenance of a transmission line between the United States and Canada. A formal review of the project by U.S. federal government agencies, as part of the Presidential Permit process, would examine environmental impacts of the project, as well as its impact on electric reliability.

The Atlantic Link project in 2017 received a certificate from Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs regarding the scope of required environmental assessment under the state’s Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). Public information meetings regarding the review were held in October 2017.

The project would also require local approvals by the town of Plymouth in Massachusetts, as well as federal and provincial approvals in Canada.

Formal permitting activity has been paused since the spring of 2018 while options for development of the Atlantic Link project are being assessed.