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Win For Northern Pass In Mass. Could Signal Shift Away From Smaller Renewables

Developers are still pursuing a utility-scale solar array on this parcel in Claremont, despite being shut out of Massachusetts’ renewable energy procurement efforts.
Photo by Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years.

The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants.

As NHPR’s Annie Ropeik reports, this has analysts and developers wondering what role smaller projects will play in the future of the grid.

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