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The Northern Pass Project

Burying electrical transmission lines not so simple

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Arielle Wolfe brought her 6-year-old daughter, Hazel, to a New Hampshire Senate hearing in March to talk about power lines. Overhead electric transmission lines could scar New Hampshire’s landscape, the Derry resident said during public testimony on a bill that would have made putting the lines underground the state’s preference. “It’s pretty simple,” Wolfe said. “Bury the lines, you can still get the power through the state.” But it may …

U.S. Department of Energy releases list of alternate routes for Northern Pass project

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy issued a list Thursday of more than 20 alternative options for the Northern Pass project that it will study during its ongoing environmental evaluation of the $1.4 billion electric transmission plan. Many of the alternative routes outlined in the report include additional burial of the transmission lines, ranging from burying roughly 20 miles of line that pass through …

Appalachian Mountain Club counters Northern Pass with new route video

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Northern Pass officials say the most common question they get from landowners about their proposed 187-mile hydropower line from Canada to Deerfield is this: What will the towers and power lines look like from my house? Northern Pass released maps detailing some of that information in July, but the company isn’t the only …

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 …

Gauging support for Northern Pass isn’t easy

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gov. John Lynch and incoming governor Maggie Hassan have said they’ll back the proposed 180-mile Northern Pass hydro-power line from Canada only if the local communities do. “By local communities, I mean the communities impacted by it,” Lynch …

Forest Society unveils new blocks to Northern Pass

Saturday, December 15, 2012

With just weeks to go before Northern Pass officials said they’d unveil the route of their proposed hydro-power line from Canada, a local conservation group says it continues to throw up roadblocks. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests secured two conservation easements along Route 145 …

Northern Pass squares off against forest society over hydropower route

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Northern Pass officials, fresh off buying a couple of key pieces of land in the North Country, said this week they’ve secured 99 percent of the land needed for their hydro-power line from Canada. They’ve even begun meeting with New Hampshire business owners who want to work on …