ST. JOHNSBURY, VT – Twin States Clean Energy Link (Twin States) and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) today announced plans to partner on a $20 million benefits package to support economic growth and opportunities in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK).
Twin States, a renewable energy transmission project proposed by National Grid and Citizens Energy, will deliver 1,200 MW of clean, affordable energy to New England, including Vermont. The project will bury new lines along state roadways in Vermont and New Hampshire and utilize existing transmission corridors in New Hampshire, minimizing the impact to host communities. When completed, Twin States will deliver clean, affordable energy between Canada and New England, saving customers billions in energy costs over the first twelve years of operation alone.
The proposed benefits package will total $20 million over 30 years and be administered by the NVDA to support and promote economic and community development. With federal recovery funds expiring soon, these dollars will be critical to the region’s economic viability. The benefits will be made available through NVDA’s revolving loan fund and local economic and community development grants.
“NVDA is pleased to support and welcome the opportunities provided in the Northeast Kingdom as a result of the Twin States Clean Energy Link,” said Dave Snedeker, Executive Director of NVDA. “National Grid has proactively engaged with NVDA and the local communities to build a project that respects the values of Vermonters while offering an economic boost to a Vermont region in need. It’s a win-win-win for the state, the NEK and the climate.”
Twin States has committed to a comprehensive outreach and education program, which included briefings to all host community selectboards, a series of community open houses, and meetings with other key stakeholders throughout the region and Vermont. Twin States is focused on facilitating a dialogue with host communities to gain critical feedback that improves the overall project.
“NVDA is a robust organization that serves the NEK well,” said Terron Hill, Clean Energy Development Director, National Grid. “By partnering with NVDA, a tireless advocate for the NEK, Twin States will offer tangible and meaningful benefits that will drive economic progress now and into the future for host communities and the entire region.”
Twin States was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Energy under their Transmission Facilitation Program. The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2027 with an end of year 2030 in-service date.