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Aug 18, 2015 2:30 PM

The New Northern Pass: Eversource Energy unveils new route proposal through NH


PITTSFIELD - Eversource energy unveiled their new plan for the Northern Pass Project on Tuesday.

According to Eversource, the plan would change the projected route to eliminate power lines obstructing views in the scenic New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest, Appalachian Trail and Franconia Notch Area.

The plan would put 60 miles of power line underground, much more than the eight miles originally proposed.

This, along with the new route, would make 80 percent of the 187 miles of power lines either underground or run next to existing lines.

The project is expected to lower energy costs in the state by up to $80 million annually for businesses and homeowners.

Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource said he thinks its a compromise everyone can get behind.

"I think its been really well received," he said. "I think they see the wisdom of the approach the balance we've attempted to strike and probably most importantly the fact that we've listened to important New Hampshire concerns."

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen as well as several state lawmakers have already voiced their support of the new plan.

Eversource will next host a series of public meetings in the five counties the lines would pass through.

The projected completion date is 2019.


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