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Dec 7, 2015 2:14 PM

State siting panel says Northern Pass application complete

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The state's Site Evaluation Committee has ruled that a utility's application to string power lines from Canada to southern New Hampshire is complete.

The panel voted Monday 3-0 to accept the application by Eversource to build the Northern Pass transmission project. In a statement, the company said it is eager for the siting process to continue.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Eversource wants to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying 1,090 megawatts of Canadian hydro-power to Southern New England markets. Backers say it will create jobs and lower energy costs.

Opponents worry it will hurt property values, tourism and the environment.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests had asked the SEC to declare the application incomplete. A spokesman said the society was disappointed by Monday's decision.

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