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2014 an important year for NH’s Northern Pass plan

January 4, 2014 • Business


FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, opponents of the Northern Pass project are seen at a public hearing in Plymouth, N.H. The 2014 coming year brings critical deadlines and key developments in the plan to run electrical transmission lines from Canada through New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coming year will bring critical deadlines and key developments in a private company’s plan to run electrical transmission lines from Canada through New Hampshire.

What it will not provide is any letup in the arguments on both sides of the power proposal.

Northeast Utilities’ $1.4 billion Northern Pass would carry 1,200 megawatts of power produced by Hydro-Quebec through 187 miles of lines in New Hampshire. That’s enough energy to power 1.2 million homes, and it would shore up a New England energy market showing signs of volatility.

The project is expected to take three years to finish. Backers say $300 million a year would flow into the state and some 1,200 construction jobs would be created through regions hard hit by the economic downturn and closure of several paper mills.

Opponents, though, worry that the transmission lines would forever Login to read more

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