Utility to release new route for Northern Pass power transmission line

Associated Press

Eversource says the new power transmission line route to be unveiled Tuesday will address concerns raised over the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project.

PITTSFIELD, N.H. (AP) — The utility seeking to run electrical transmission lines from Canada to southern New Hampshire is set to release a new proposed route.

Eversource says the new route to be unveiled Tuesday will address concerns raised over the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project.

Critics say the mostly-overhead lines stretching over 187 miles, including through the White Mountains, would hurt tourism, the environment and property values. They want more lines buried than the eight miles that are currently proposed.

Last month, the federal Department of Energy agreed that project as proposed would have a negative effect.

Eversource officials have said burying the lines is too expensive, potentially boosting the cost to as much as $4 billion.

The project would carry 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to expensive markets in southern New England.

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