Critical Hearing Starts for Northern Pass Transmission Project

Apr 13, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. - A hearing is set to start for a controversial transmission project in New Hampshire that supporters say would help alleviate high energy prices but opponents complain would mar scenic views.

First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying enough Hydro-Quebec power to southern New England markets to power about a 1.1 million homes. It is one of several projects in the Northeast that are proposing to tap hydro power in Canada to supply the growing demands for power from the likes of Boston and Hartford, Connecticut.

The hearing at the Site Evaluation Committee begins Thursday in Concord. The first two days are expected to be dominated executives of the company behind the project, Eversource.