Northern Pass clears another regulatory hurdle
CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has given permission for a 192-mile high-voltage transmission line to cross 61 parcels, finding it would be safe and wouldn't infringe on the public's use.
The Northern Pass project cleared the hurdle this month when the PUC granted permission to developer Eversource for 57 overhead land and four underground water crossings that are mostly on property controlled by the developer and licensed for power lines.
The PUC ordered Eversource to submit applications for seven other properties on the Johns, Ammonoosuc, Gale, Pemigewasset and Squam rivers that were never before licensed.
Further permissions are necessary before the project can move forward.
The proposed project calls for a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying enough Hydro-Quebec energy to power about 1.1 million homes.