“Atlantic Link” to New England proposed

A proposed submarine power cable from Coleson Cove to Plymouth, Massachusetts, is being touted as the best option to provide the state with clean electricity…and benefit New Brunswick as well.

Nova-Scotia based Emera outlined details of the plan yesterday at an energy conference in Saint John. The project called Atlantic Link would have a capacity of about one-thousand megawatts, with the majority of the power coming from wind in New Brunswick and hydro from other facilities. The 560 kilometre cable would cost about $2 billion just for the transmission line alone. Emera is asking NB Power to consider becoming a minor equity partner.