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May 23, 2016 11:56 AM

Decision on Northern Pass project pushed back to 2017

WHITEFIELD (AP) - New Hampshire regulators in charge of granting approval for the proposed Northern Pass project have pushed back their final decision date by nearly a year.

The state Site Evaluation Committee was scheduled to issue a decision on whether it would grant a certificate of site and facility in December.

The final deadline was changed to Sept. 30, 2017, at a hearing last week.

The project would bring Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid and run a 192-mile electric transmission line through New Hampshire.

State statutes say applications to build major energy facilities should be completed within one year of the application's submission, but the committee can suspend that deadline if it's doing so in the "public interest."

The project's developer, Eversource, called the decision "disappointing."

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