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Massachusetts Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-MA)

In Massachusetts, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain approval to construct transmission lines from the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Massachusetts Federal

Transmission Siting: Electric companies may need approval to construct a new transmission line. M.G.L. 164 § 69L. In addition, an electric company may petition for a Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest if a state or local agency has denied the electric company approval to construct or operate a facility, or the company cannot build a facility because it cannot meet standards imposed by a state or local agency or because the processing of the application by a state or local agency has been unduly delayed. A Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest overrides the state or local agency decision. M.G.L. 164 § 69K.
Transmission Siting Agency: Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board
Transmission Siting Threshold: A new electric transmission line of 69 kV or more and one mile or more in length on a new transmission corridor, or a new electric transmission line 115 kV or more which is 10 miles or more in length on an existing transmission corridor, or an ancillary structure which is an integral part of the operation of any transmission line. M.G.L. 164 § 69G.
Preemptive Authority: The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board is the primary regulatory authority overseeing the siting and construction of transmission lines. M.G.L. 164 § 69G.
Regulated Entity Definition: An electric company is defined as “corporation organized under the laws of the commonwealth for the purpose of making… selling, transmitting, distributing, transmitting and selling, or distributing and selling, electricity within the commonwealth…”. Massachusetts – Mass. Gen. Laws ch.164, §1. A facility is defined as “...a new electric transmission line…” M.G.L. 164 § 69G.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined timeframe for approval.