Political Reaction Mixed To Revised Northern Pass Proposal

Aug 19, 2015

Chuck Morse
Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

Political reaction was mixed to the revised Northern Pass proposal released on Tuesday.

Eversource officials say they’re now willing to bury 52 miles of lines through the White Mountains. That means 60 miles of lines, or nearly a third, of the 192-mile route would be buried.

Senate President Chuck Morse of Salem called the changes a major improvement and a great opportunity for the state.

“I am pleased to be able to support the Northern Pass project as now revised,” Morse said.

But Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton, whose district encompasses the North Country, says he remains concerned about the project’s impact on Coos County.

“Quite frankly, more needs to be done to target and define benefits for this region,” Woodburn said.

The new plan also eliminates hundreds of power poles and would carry 1,000 megawatts of electricity, down from 1,200 watts in the original plan.

Governor Maggie Hassan called the new route an improvement over the previous proposal, but stopped short of endorsing the project.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen also weighed in, saying the announcement underscores the need for a robust review of the project.

“I look forward to reviewing this latest proposal and I encourage Granite Staters to contribute during the Department of Energy’s comment period with their views and concerns,” she said.