Public Service of New Hampshire http://nhpr.org en Northern Pass' New Route Hangs On Eight Miles of Country Roads http://nhpr.org/post/northern-pass-new-route-hangs-eight-miles-country-roads <p>After a series of delays PSNH has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project.&nbsp;</p><p align="left">The route follows a more easterly path than the original 2010 route and it includes nearly eight miles of underground wires. &nbsp;But this new route isn’t a done deal. State officials still have to approve a key element – putting those underground lines on public property. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:31:34 +0000 Chris Jensen 30265 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Signs Bill To Study Site Evaluation Committee http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-signs-bill-study-site-evaluation-committee <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/SB0099.pdf">Senate Bill 99,</a> which calls for a study of the state’s important <a href="http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/">Site Evaluation Committee’s </a>“organization, structure and process.”</p><p>The committee &nbsp;reviews major utility projects, which would include Northern Pass Transmission. Without its approval the project to bring hydro-electric power from Canada could not move ahead.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:50:15 +0000 Chris Jensen 30187 at http://nhpr.org For Northern Pass Crossing Conservation Land Would Mean A Long And Rocky Legal Road http://nhpr.org/post/northern-pass-crossing-conservation-land-would-mean-long-and-rocky-legal-road <p></p><p>In 2003 state and federal officials, a private land owner and conservation groups created a conservation easement to protect about 146,000 acres in northern Coos County from development.</p><p>It is called the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters and some opponents of Northern Pass fear the utility hopes to cross it to send hydro-electric power south from its partner – Hydro-Quebec.</p><p>But getting permission to do that would be a complicated procedure with so many hurdles it would be the longest of long shots, according to those familiar with such easements.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:53:07 +0000 Chris Jensen 27706 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen, Ayotte Query Feds On Northern Pass Trespassing Question http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-ayotte-query-feds-northern-pass-trespassing-question <p>After some North Country residents complained that U.S. Department of Energy contractors working on the Northern Pass project are trespassing on their land, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have sent a <a href="http://nhpr.org/file/10356">letter to the federal Department of Energy looking into it</a>.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:36:35 +0000 Chris Jensen 23575 at http://nhpr.org Proposed Law Would Require Northern Pass To Bury Lines http://nhpr.org/post/proposed-law-would-require-northern-pass-bury-lines <p>A North Country representative is proposing legislation that would require the Northern Pass Transmission lines to be buried.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook is introducing legislation he says could end the fight over the transmission towers proposed by Northern Pass.</p><p>Rappaport says his bill would require any utility company undertaking an “elective” project to bury the transmission lines.</p><p>“Elective” means the project isn’t needed to improve the overall reliability of the power grid.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:35:57 +0000 Chris Jensen 17003 at http://nhpr.org Forest Society Says It Has Deal To Block Northern Pass - But Wants To Raise $2.5 Million http://nhpr.org/post/forest-society-says-it-has-deal-block-northern-pass-wants-raise-25-million <p>The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests says it has reached deals with several land owners in Coos it believes will block the Northern Pass hydro-electric project.</p><p>But Northern Pass says it plans to keep working on the $1.1 billion dollar project.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p></p><p>The Forest Society says it has tentative conservation easements with land owners in Coos that would keep the controversial hydro-electric project from finding a crucial route south from Canada.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:34:13 +0000 Chris Jensen 11201 at http://nhpr.org Forest Society Says It Has Deal To Block Northern Pass - But Wants To Raise $2.5 Million