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The Northern Pass Project

Bill Quinlan, President of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire, presents revised plans for the Northern Pass hydroelectric project at Globe Manufacturing in Pittsfield, N.H., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The new "Forward NH Plan" calls for an additional 52 miles of buried power lines through the White Mountains National Forest. (Paul Hayes/The Caledonian-Record) MANDATORY CREDIT

Will plan to bury 60 miles of Northern Pass sway opposition?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dolly McPhaul of Sugar Hill has become one of the most vocal opponents of Northern Pass. The energy project proposes to bring Canadian hydropower into New England through a 192-mile electric transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, passing right through McPhaul’s hometown. Even though Northern Pass officials announced plans to bury an additional 52 miles of the line through the …

City council subcommittee will discuss recent updates on Northern Pass

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Concord City Council subcommittee on Northern Pass will reconvene next month to review a draft federal study on the project and a new route proposed by Eversource Energy. The group will also see two new visual simulations from Eversource of how the towers could look near two areas of particular concern for …

Concord officials will need time to review more than 1,000 pages of Northern Pass report

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Four of the nine alternatives suggested for the Northern Pass route would bury the electric transmission line through Concord. Those alternatives are part of a draft Environmental Impact Study released this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. As proposed, the 187-mile line would travel from Canada to Deerfield almost entirely above ground. …

New Northern Pass route includes 8 miles underground

Thursday, June 27, 2013

After months of delay, Northern Pass officials unveiled a new route through the North Country yesterday that casts aside much of the $40 million in land they’ve purchased since 2011 and instead takes the line under the Connecticut …

Northern Pass eyes underground crossing of protected land

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Faced with a block in their route, Northern Pass officials have asked the state about crossing the protected Connecticut Lakes Headwaters – but doing it underground, the state attorney general’s office said yesterday, confirming what elected officials and …

Hassan to Connecticut: Curb your Northern Pass bill

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Citing unresolved concerns about Northern Pass, Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday urged Connecticut’s governor to oppose a pending rewrite of that state’s renewable energy plan that would reclassify large-scale Canadian hydropower for that state’s renewable energy goals. The proposed …

Northern Pass official: ‘This line will be built’

Friday, May 3, 2013

Northern Pass officials told analysts yesterday they’ve repeatedly delayed announcing their new North Country route because they’ve been meeting with communities and “stakeholders” in hopes of accommodating their concerns about the proposed 180-mile hydropower line. Leon Olivier, chief operating officer for Northeast Utilities, which is a partner on …

Concord planning board to Northern Pass: Bury the lines

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Concord’s planning board has told city councilors it wants Northern Pass to bury any power lines that run near Concord homes. Meanwhile, the city’s conservation commission has gone further, saying it opposes the project because it has “questionable value.” Only one other community at this end of the …

Northern Pass misses another route deadline

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Northern Pass officials have missed another self-imposed deadline for announcing the proposed project’s route. In an annual report filed in late February, company officials said they expected to unveil a new 180-mile route from the Canadian border through New Hampshire by the end of March. Yesterday, a spokesman …

Senate rejects moratorium on wind farms and Northern Pass

Friday, March 29, 2013

Efforts to put a one-year moratorium on new energy projects like wind farms and the Northern Pass found very little support yesterday in the state Senate, which killed a final attempt, 20-4. After nearly two hours of debate and a dramatic plea from Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Dalton …

Northern Pass official: Project not harmed by recent conservation easements

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In a conference call with industry analysts yesterday, a Northern Pass official said two things that surprised those following news of the proposed hydro-power line from Canada. Leon Olivier, chief operating officer for Northeast Utilities, told analysts the transmission lines might cross public rights of way. Olivier also …

Poll: Northern Pass support drops slightly

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Support for Northern Pass has dipped slightly in the last year among those who know about the project, from 42 percent to 35 percent, according to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll. Pollsters from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center questioned 581 people earlier this month about …

Is Northern Pass looking at state land?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

An executive councilor and state senator believe the Northern Pass is going to offer the state money to run a portion of its transmission line along Route 3 in northern New Hampshire to get around conservation land blocking its path. The conserved land in Clarskville is owned by …

10 bills target projects like Northern Pass

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lawmakers could consider at least 10 bills this year related to Northern Pass, ranging from a moratorium on energy projects to developing a comprehensive state energy plan. Some of the bills, including a few that will be heard next week, are a result of an energy task force …

Northern Pass misses deadline to unveil new route

Monday, December 31, 2012

Northern Pass officials missed their own deadline yesterday when they failed to unveil a new North Country route for their behind-schedule hydro-power line by year’s end. Project officials had told investors in early 2012 they’d have a route …