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NE - Eversource Wins Environmental Award for Seacoast Reliability Project in Little Bay

Eversource announced it has been recognized by the Environmental Business Council of New England for its commitment to safeguarding the ecological health of Little Bay, an environmentally sensitive estuary located in Durham and Newington, while completing the submarine cable crossing portion of the Seacoast Reliability Project.

The SRP is a new, 13-mile transmission line installed to ensure the continued delivery of reliable power that communities and businesses throughout the region need, according to Eversource. Eversource and its project partners, as well as the environmental permitting agencies that oversaw siting and construction, received the 2020 Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration in a virtual celebration on Sept. 17.

“This recognition is only possible thanks to the collaboration of numerous partners and our shared commitment to environmental responsibility,” said Eversource President of Transmission Bill Quinlan. “We are proud to share this honor with the host communities we collaborated with throughout the siting and construction process to help protect the historic and natural resources like Little Bay, which are a special part of our quality of life in the Granite State. The input provided by Durham and Newington officials, as well as residents throughout the region, helped to advance our commitment to conservation efforts that will promote the ecological health of Great Bay for years to come.”

“The Eversource team worked cooperatively with town, state, and federal officials in order to mitigate estuarine impacts to the extent reasonably practical for a regionally significant project of this size, scope, and duration,” said Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig. “Environmental impacts to the Great Bay ultimately were shown to be in accordance with the NH Department of Environmental Services approved monitoring plan and demonstrated compliance with NH Site Evaluation Committee permit conditions.”

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