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Massachusetts Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(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

State or Preemptive Authority: In Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board is the primary regulatory authority overseeing the sting and construction of transmission lines. M.G.L. 164 § 69G.
Transmission Siting Agency: Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board
Transmission Siting Process: A developer must petition and obtain approval from the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board prior to constructing new transmission lines. M.G.L. 164 § 69J.
Transmission Siting Threshold: Transmission line having a capacity of sixty nine (69) kV or more and at least one (1) mile long in a new transmission corridor, a new transmission line with a capacity of one hundred fifteen (115) kV or more at least ten (10) miles long on an existing corridor.
Siting Act: Massachusetts – MASS. GEN. LAWS ch. 164 et seq., Manufacture and Sale of Gas and Electricity
Regulated Entity Definition: Any person constructing a facility, defined as a "generation facility, new transmission line having a capacity of sixty nine (69) kV or more and at least one (1) mile long in a new transmission corridor, a new transmission line with a capacity of one hundred fifteen (115) kV or more at least ten (10) miles long in an existing corridor, and any ancillary structure that is an integral part of the operation of any transmission line meeting facility requirements. M.G.L. 164 § 69G.
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: Any person seeking to construct a transmission facility must petition the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and obtain approval prior to initiating construction. M.G.L. 164 § 69G.
Permit Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined timeframe for approval.

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