News & Public Information

May 23,2018

Open House Event

Liberty Utilities and the Granite Bridge Project Team will host an informational Open House for the public in Epping, NH. Visit our Open House page for more details and information.

April 02, 2018

New Hampshire’s Three Largest Chambers of Commerce Endorse Granite Bridge Project

Londonderry, NH – April 02, 2018 - Liberty Utilities is pleased to announce that the Greater Nashua, Manchester and Concord Chambers of Commerce have endorsed the Granite Bridge natural gas infrastructure project. Together these three chambers of commerce represent nearly 2,500 businesses, who employ tens of thousands of workers across New Hampshire.


Granite Bridge would bring needed natural gas from existing infrastructure located in the Seacoast region to the central part of New Hampshire through an underground pipeline. This new pipeline would be located completely within the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT) right-of-way along Route 101, a state-designated Energy Infrastructure Corridor.


Granite Bridge also features a new liquefied natural gas storage facility, proposed to be sited in an abandoned quarry in Epping. This storage facility would allow Liberty Utilities to purchase natural gas when prices are low, store it on-site and then offer it to customers when prices increase. The savings from the stored low-cost natural gas would be passed directly to Liberty’s customers. New Hampshire’s economy depends on a reliable supply of energy, and Granite Bridge would provide long-term access to safe, reliable, clean natural gas.


“Energy infrastructure projects, like the Granite Bridge, are needed to support economic growth in the Manchester-area,” said to Michael Skelton, President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. “Access to low-cost natural gas service is critical to keeping businesses competitive. Without the Granite Bridge, businesses in Manchester will no longer have access to the cheapest available heating fuel, which will not only increase costs for our existing businesses, but will make Manchester a much less attractive option for businesses looking to relocate.”


“The concept of the Granite Bridge project just makes good business sense,” said Tracy Hatch, President of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. “Buying natural gas in the summer when it’s cheaper, then storing it and using it to provide summertime-priced gas to customers when market prices spike in the winter, is an innovated solution to stabilize and reduce energy costs. The Granite Bridge is a great solution for businesses in greater Nashua to keep their heating and industrial costs low, which in turn will drive economic development in our community.”


“Using a state-designated Energy Infrastructure Corridor to connect existing infrastructure together is a smart approach that mitigates potential impacts to private property and the environment,” said Tim Sink, President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. “Siting the storage facility at the bottom of an abandoned quarry is beneficial from a safety and a visual impact perspective. We really need to be able to get critical energy infrastructure built in New Hampshire.”


According to Susan Fleck, President of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations, “We are thrilled New Hampshire’s three largest chambers of commerce have decided to endorse the Granite Bridge. We took great care in designing the project to be the least impactful, lowest-cost option to meet our customers’ needs. Businesses throughout New Hampshire have been calling for investments in energy infrastructure to lower costs, we believe Granite Bridge offers the best option to help lower heating costs and promote economic development.”

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PHOTO: Liberty Utilities - New Hampshire President, Susan Fleck (left) and NH Building Trades Vice President, Dave Pelletier, sign an agreement to build the Granite Bridge project with local union labor.

March 28, 2018

New Hampshire Building Trades Sign Agreement to Build Granite Bridge Project with Local Union Labor


Londonderry, NH – March 28, 2018 – Yesterday at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Training Center in Brentwood, Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to maximize the number of local New Hampshire workers that would construct the Granite Bridge natural gas infrastructure project. 

Granite Bridge would bring needed natural gas from existing infrastructure located in the Seacoast region to the central part of New Hampshire through an underground pipeline. This new pipeline would be located completely within the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT) right-of-way along Route 101, a state-designated Energy Infrastructure Corridor. 

Granite Bridge would also feature a new liquefied natural gas storage facility, proposed to be sited in an abandoned quarry in Epping. This storage facility would allow Liberty Utilities to purchase natural gas when prices are low, store it on-site and then offer it to customers when prices increase. The savings from the stored, low-cost natural gas would be passed directly to Liberty’s customers. New Hampshire’s economy depends on a reliable supply of energy, and Granite Bridge would provide long-term access to safe, reliable, clean natural gas. 

The proposed $340 million Granite Bridge project is anticipated to create 330 full time construction jobs. The agreement between Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council will provide the project with access to a highly qualified, skilled labor force, while maximizing the opportunities for local construction workers to participate in the project. 

“Granite Bridge is a major infrastructure project, so accessing a well-trained labor force is of critical importance,” said Susan Fleck, President of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations. “The New Hampshire Building Trades represents a readily available pool of highly skilled construction workers in New Hampshire, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to build this critical infrastructure project.”

New Hampshire Building Trades Vice President Dave Pelletier said the construction of the Granite Bridge presents a significant opportunity for New Hampshire workers. “New Hampshire has been falling behind the rest of the country in terms of infrastructure development,” said Pelletier. “That means local construction workers have been largely left behind by the economic recovery. Because of the lack of opportunities, many New Hampshire construction workers go to work in Massachusetts every day, which puts a strain on their families and contributes to more and more dollars flowing out of our local economy. Granite Bridge is an opportunity to put more than 300 local workers on the job here in their home state, and to send a signal to other infrastructure developers that New Hampshire is open for business.”

March 15, 2018

Analysis Group and VHB to perform review of Granite Bridge Project

Londonderry, NH – March 15, 2018 - Liberty Utilities announced today that it has hired two highly regarded consulting firms to perform important analysis for the Granite Bridge infrastructure project. Analysis Group will be performing an economic evaluation of the project proposal. Engineering, planning, science and design firm VHB will be leading the project’s environmental permitting.

Granite Bridge would bring needed natural gas, from existing infrastructure located in the Seacoast region to the central part of New Hampshire through an underground pipeline. This new pipeline would be located completely within the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT) right-of-way along Route 101, a state-designated Energy Infrastructure Corridor. New Hampshire’s economy depends on a reliable supply of energy. Granite Bridge would provide long-term access to safe, reliable, clean natural gas.

Analysis Group is a well-respected, independent economic consulting firm that has provided thoughtful examination of the economic benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an assessment of the need for new interstate natural gas infrastructure to serve electric generators (for the Massachusetts Attorney General), and a review of the economic benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

According to Susan Fleck, President of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations, “We believe that the Granite Bridge is critical to the economic vitality of New Hampshire. Providing residents and businesses with continued access to low-cost, stable energy prices is vital to the economic well-being of our state. Analysis Group will use their expertise and experience to perform an independent study of the economic impact of the Granite Bridge. This study will focus on the project’s impact to local employment, tax revenues, property values and the state’s economy as a whole.” Fleck continued, “Analysis Group is renowned for their independence and thorough examination of complex energy market and policy issues. We look forward to sharing the results of their study with the regulators and people of New Hampshire.”

VHB has a wealth of New Hampshire experience, having provided environmental compliance and permitting services to several major infrastructure projects including the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, Groton Wind Farm and Liberty’s recent upgrade to an existing natural gas distribution main along Route 106.

“VHB’s environmental expertise, strong New Hampshire presence and knowledge of the NHDOT’s procedures will enable us to construct the Granite Bridge to the highest environmental standards, with minimal disruption to property and the natural environment.” Added Fleck. “Their work on complex energy infrastructure projects that have gone before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, and our own first-hand experience with them on a natural gas main upgrade along Route 106, a project very similar to the proposed Granite Bridge Project, is invaluable on a project like the Granite Bridge.”

December 22, 2017

Liberty Files with NHPUC

Liberty Utilities filed with the NHPUC today. We were assigned Docket No. DG 17-198. For a copy of the filing please visit the NHPUC website by clicking the button below.

December 04, 2017

Liberty Utilities unveils plan to bring additional natural gas supply to NH customers.


Londonderry, NH – December 04, 2017 Liberty Utilities announced today a new infrastructure project designed to bring additional natural gas supply to New Hampshire’s residents and businesses. The project, called Granite Bridge, would bring natural gas from existing infrastructure located in the Seacoast region to the central part of the state through an underground pipeline. This new pipeline would be located completely within the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT) right-of-way along Route 101, a state-designated Energy Infrastructure Corridor. New Hampshire’s economy depends on a reliable supply of energy. Granite Bridge would provide long-term access to safe, reliable, clean natural gas, which would promote job creation and economic development, while lowering heating bills for Granite State families. 

According to Susan Fleck, President of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations, “The State’s existing natural gas infrastructure in central New Hampshire is nearing capacity. In as little as just a few years, we could be turning down new requests for natural gas service from residents and businesses.” Fleck went on to say that doing so would severely hamper economic growth in the state. “The availability of natural gas is an important factor when businesses choose to locate here or expand their existing operations,” said Fleck. “Clean-burning, low cost natural gas is very attractive to businesses and homeowners alike.”

The proposed Granite Bridge project would connect the existing Portland Natural Gas Transmission System and Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline facilities in Stratham with the existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline facilities in Manchester. The proposed 16” pipeline would utilize an Energy Infrastructure Corridor and be buried completely within the NHDOT right-of-way along Route 101, mitigating environmental and private and municipal property impacts. 

The Granite Bridge project also includes a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage facility capable of storing up to two billion cubic feet of natural gas. New natural gas storage would allow the Company to purchase natural gas in the summer when prices are low and store it for use in winter when prices have been historically higher, and this is expected to provide significant cost savings for Liberty Utilities’ current and future customers. The storage facility would be located in an abandoned quarry adjacent to Route 101 in Epping. 

“This project is solely for current customers and future growth in New Hampshire,” said Chico DaFonte, Vice President of Regulated Infrastructure Development. “As the New England energy market continues to be challenged by supply constraints, Granite Bridge will provide our New Hampshire customers with a more reliable and secure supply of natural gas and a measure of energy independence.” Because the project would be located completely in New Hampshire and only serve customers in New Hampshire, it will be reviewed by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, the New Hampshire Siting Evaluation Committee, and other State agencies to ensure it meets New Hampshire’s needs.

“We are committed to achieving the highest level of safety and quality throughout the construction and operation of the Granite Bridge project,” added Fleck. “We intend to engage highly trained engineers and local construction workers to build the new infrastructure. Our goal is to design and construct the project to not just meet, but to exceed the safety requirements.”   

For more information, please visit www.granitebridgenh.com.

 

About Liberty Utilities Co. 

Liberty Utilities is a regulated water, natural gas and electric transmission and distribution utility, delivering responsive and reliable essential services to nearly 800,000 customers across the United States. With a local approach to management, service and support, Liberty Utilities delivers efficient, dependable services to meet customer needs. Liberty Utilities provides a superior customer experience through locally focused conservation and energy efficiency initiatives, and programs for businesses and residential customers. Performance is measured in terms of service reliability, an enjoyable customer experience, and an unconditional dedication to public and workplace safety. Liberty Utilities currently operates in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas. In New Hampshire, Liberty Utilities provides services to 91,000 natural gas and 44,000 electric distribution customers. For more information, visit www.libertyutilities.com.

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IN THE NEWS

Epping seeks to become intervenor in natural gas pipeline project

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
April 10. 2018 10:21PM

EPPING — Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to seek approval to become an intervenor as Liberty Utilities moves ahead with its proposal to install a natural gas pipeline from Stratham to Manchester and build a large storage tank in Epping.

Granite Bridge reaches deal with NH Building Trades Council
 
Manchester, Nashua, Concord chambers endorse gas pipeline project

By NHBR STAFF
April 4. 2018

The Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline proposed by Liberty Utilities has won the backing of three key southern New Hampshire chambers of commerce and inked a deal with the NH Building and Construction Trades Council over ensuring that Granite Staters work on the $340 million project.

Liberty Utilities picks two consulting firms for Granite Bridge project

By NHBR STAFF
March 21. 2018

Liberty Utilities has hired two consulting firms – Boston-based Analysis Group and the engineering firm VHB – to work on the firm’s Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline project.

Fire officials not worried about safety of proposed natural gas storage facility in Epping

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
January 31. 2018 10:54PM

Fire officials say they’ve met with representatives from Liberty Utilities and are confident the utility will have proper safety measures in place for its proposed natural gas storage facility.

Liberty Utilities outlines plans for natural pipeline, storage facility in Epping

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
January 29. 2018 11:17PM


Representatives from Liberty Utilities met with selectmen Monday night to outline plans for its proposed $340 million natural gas pipeline that will stretch 27 miles from Stratham to Manchester and include a tank storage facility in Epping.

Liberty Utilities proposes $340m underground natural gas pipeline, storage facility

By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
December 04. 2017 11:43PM


Liberty Utilities announced Monday it wants to spend $340 million to build a 27-mile, underground natural gas pipeline along Route 101 and construct a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Epping.

Natural gas pipeline, with LNG storage tank in Epping, proposed by Liberty Utilities

By DAVID BROOKS
Concord Monitor Staff
Monday, December 04. 2017


Liberty Utilities wants to put a natural-gas pipeline along Route 101 from Manchester to Stratham and connect existing pipelines alongside Interstate 93 and Interstate 95, and also create a large gas storage facility in Epping.

Liberty Proposes Gas Pipeline To Run From N.H. Seacoast To Manchester

By ANNIE ROPEIK
December 04. 2017


Liberty Utilities wants to build a new natural gas pipeline between the Seacoast and Manchester, in an effort to expand the state's strained capacity for the fuel at the lowest cost to ratepayers.

Liberty Utilities proposes $340 million underground natural gas pipeline project

By MIKE CRONIN
December 04. 2017  7:20 pm


Liberty Utilities wants to build an underground pipeline to bring natural gas to New Hampshire customers. 
The Granite Bridge Project would bring natural gas to customers through a pipeline between Stratham and Manchester.

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