New Hampshire's largest electric utility is seeking permission to buy and sell natural gas from a proposed pipeline expansion.
The Concord Monitor reports Eversource filed a request Thursday with the Public Utilities Commission that would allow it to buy natural gas from the Access Northeast pipeline expansion for two decades.
The pipeline expansion would be built by the Hartford, Connecticut-based utility and two other firms through Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts.
Eversource says that getting more natural gas into New England would lower the state's electricity costs in the long run.
Pipeline expansion opponents say that efforts should be directed at increasing renewable energy.
If the contract receives required approvals and financing, it could start operating as early as November 2018.