The Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project will provide the Northeast with a unique opportunity to secure a cost effective, domestically produced source of energy to support its current demand, as well as its future growth, for clean burning natural gas.
The AIM Project — an infrastructure investment that expands the pipeline capacity of our existing Algonquin Gas Transmission system — will allow abundant regional natural gas supplies from the Appalachian basin to flow reliably into the Northeast, helping to meet the increasing demand while lowering energy costs.
Recognizing the critical need for additional pipeline capacity to move these new natural gas supplies into the region, public officials and organizations from across the Northeast have expressed support for the AIM Project.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) exclusively authorizes the construction of new interstate natural gas facilities. FERC is also the lead federal agency responsible for conducting environmental reviews of interstate natural gas projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
On February 28, 2014, Algonquin filed with FERC an application for authorization to construct and operate the AIM Project and was assigned docket number CP14-96-000. You may visit FERC’s website at www.FERC.gov and enter this docket number to follow the AIM Project.
In August, FERC staff issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (pdf, 20.7 MB) for the AIM Project. Reaching this significant regulatory milestone in this timeframe is great news for energy consumers in the Northeast and for our economy.
Based on this comprehensive analysis, FERC staff “determined that construction and operation of the Project would result in some adverse environmental impacts but most impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels.” Among the “principal reasons” cited in this comprehensive analysis are:
From June 2013 through February 2014, Algonquin participated in FERC’s “Pre-file” process, conducting a series of activities prior to filing the formal application. During the Pre-file process, Algonquin held a number of meetings with landowners, public officials, government agencies and community members to provide information and gather input on the AIM Project. The Pre-file docket number was PF13-16-000.
We anticipate placing the AIM Project fully into service in November 2016.
For more information, please feel free to call our Project office, toll free, at (866) 873-2579 or contact Marylee Hanley at (617) 560-1573 or via email MHanley@spectraenergy.com.