The state body in charge of approving energy projects looks poised to allow the utility Eversource to bypass the 14 remaining environmental permits it needs for a controversial substation in East Boston.
In a draft decision released this week, the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board says it recommends approval of a special certificate “to ensure that the substation can be built to serve an immediate need for additional electric resources to maintain reliable service in the Chelsea/East Boston area.”
The board will make a final decision about whether to grant the so-called Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest after a public hearing scheduled for later this month.
Eversource, which first proposed the project more than 8 years ago, is applauding the tentative decision.
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