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 March 3, 2015, FERC issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity following a comprehensive, multi-year review of the AIM Project. The certificate (pdf, 610 KB) authorizes Algonquin to construct and operate the project’s facilities in accordance with the conditions set forth by FERC.
On October 18, Algonquin requested authorization from FERC to place into service all of the AIM Project facilities except for the new pipeline associated with the crossing of the Hudson River, facilities at an existing meter and regulating station in Pomfret, CT, and the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline and associated new meter station. On October 28, FERC approved Algonquin’s in-service request. Algonquin is now authorized to provide up to 245,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of incremental firm transportation service, out of the total AIM Project capacity of 342,000 Dth/d. Algonquin will utilize its existing crossings of the Hudson River for the transportation service until the new construction is complete and authorized for service by FERC.
Algonquin filed the certificate application for the project on February 28, 2014. The AIM Project was assigned docket number CP14-96-000.
You may visit FERC’s website and enter this docket number to follow the project.
- Pre-filed with FERC June 2013
- Filed FERC application February 2014
- Receive FERC certificate March 2015
- Commence construction May 2015
- In-service November 2016