Granite State Power Link Application for U.S. Presidential Permit Submitted

WALTHAM, MA—(Marketwired – December 27, 2017) – GridAmerica Holdings Inc., a non–regulated subsidiary of National Grid plc, applied on Friday, December 22nd to the U.S. Department of Energy for a Presidential Permit to authorize the U.S./Canada border crossing of the Granite State Power Link (GSPL) project, officially kicking off the GSPL permitting process.

GSPL is a proposed transmission project that will help transition New England to a clean energy future by delivering new, affordable Canadian wind power to Massachusetts. GSPL consists of a new overhead 59–mile high–voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line co–located in an existing, expanded transmission right–of–way with a new converter stations at each end. By utilizing existing transmission corridors, the GSPL proposal minimizes environmental and viewshed impacts allowing it to garner broad local support and drive down development costs compared to similar projects to the benefit of Massachusetts ratepayers.

By enabling access to newly built wind resources, the project provides Massachusetts electric distribution utility companies with supply options to make meaningful progress toward Global Warming Solutions Act goals. GSPL will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 15.7 million tons within the first ten years following operation.

The project leverages an innovative partnership with project co–owner, Citizens Energy (Citizens), to provide energy assistance to low–income families in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Citizens is actively working with local stakeholders to design energy assistance programs to address local and regional needs.

“The submission of the Presidential Permit application means that our project schedule remains on–track,” said Joseph Rossignoli, Project Director, GSPL. “Given the clear merits of the project – minimal impacts, community engagement and support, low capital costs and a rate structure that puts the customer first – and the due diligence of our experienced team, we firmly believe we are the best project for New England.”

Granite State Power Link Facts

Staying within or adjacent to existing transmission corridors, the GSPL HVDC transmission line will run from a new converter station in northern Vermont to a new converter station in Monroe, New Hampshire. The project will deliver 1,200 MW of new wind power from Quebec that is currently in development.

Key facts and benefits of the project include:

  • 1200MW of new clean Canadian wind energy to reduce nearly 16 million tons of carbon from the environment;
  • Creative and cost–effective rate structure whereby 60 percent of GSPL's supply capacity will be done at the risk of National Grid shareholders through short–term economic sales;
  • $1.1 billion capital cost with 60% of these costs at risk to National Grid shareholders;
  • Reduced energy and capacity market costs of $2.8 billion in MA, $1.4 billion in NH and $487 million in VT the first 10 years;
  • About 2,000 jobs created during peak construction;
  • Over $550 million in local property tax revenues to host communities in NH and VT over project lifespan;
  • Over $559 million in state taxes for NH and VT over the project lifespan;
  • Substantial local economic development funds for communities along the route through a partnership with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (for Vermont) and a similar initiative underway in New Hampshire;
  • The proven program managed by Citizens Energy to use revenue from the project to provide assistance to seniors and low–income residents; and,
  • An experienced New England HVDC and transmission developer to deliver the project.

The project has received several key endorsements and letters of support from the towns of Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County, Concord, Lunenburg and Waterford, VT and Salisbury, Goffstown, and Plymouth, NH; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 104, 490 and 103; Vermont State Senators and Representatives representing the Northeast Kingdom; several New Hampshire State legislators; the Central New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce; the Northeastern Vermont Development Association; and, the Vermont Association of Snowmobilers, among many others.

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About Citizens Energy Corporation

Citizens Energy Corporation, a Boston–based non–profit founded in 1979 by former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, has a long history of using revenues from successful commercial energy ventures to finance charitable programs to help the poor. Starting in the oil and natural gas industries, Citizens also launched innovative businesses in the health care, electricity trading, and energy conservation fields. More recently, the company expanded into the solar, wind and transmission industries – in every case using profits from its ventures to help the poor wherever it operates.

INFINITI's New TV Spot Reveals the Brand's 2018 Resolution: Luxury Is Better Shared

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – December 27, 2017) – In the first TV spot for the new 2018 QX80, the brand's flagship full–size SUV, INFINITI takes the position that luxury is inclusive and sophistication is something to be shared.

Airing for the first time on Jan. 1, the national spot, titled “Thrones,” opens with a series of images of the most luxurious seats from around the world. Taking inspiration from various regions and historical eras, the thrones featured were custom made. The spot then cuts to a scene of friends inside the new INFINITI QX80. Each is enjoying the spacious and comfortable seating and specially crafted luxury features, including quilted semi–aniline leather–appointed seats, wood trim accents, the updated INFINITI InTouch infotainment system, and an advanced rear entertainment system.

“We designed the 2018 QX80 with the mindset that luxury is better when shared, offering luxurious amenities that every passenger can enjoy,” said Phil O'Connor, director, Marketing Communications and Media. “The beginning of the commercial says it best: 'For centuries, the best seats were built for one.' Today, we aim to deliver the ultimate expression of inclusive luxury where no passenger takes a back seat.”

Here's the 30–second commercial, created by INFINITI and the brand's creative agency, 72andSunny Los Angeles:

In addition to the television spot, fans and followers can enjoy a variety of shorter films on INFINITI's social media channels.

The 2018 QX80, on sale nationwide, stands apart with a refined and spacious cabin that features high quality materials, a hand–crafted finish and advanced driver–assist technologies — all combining to promote a sense of inclusive, modern luxury and set new standards for upscale sophistication. With a taut, yet comfort–oriented suspension, and ample performance from its 5.6–liter V8 engine, the new QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel.

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry–leading technologies can be found at You can also follow INFINITI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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