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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NU To Unveil Northern Pass Transmission Line Route on Thursday

 HARTFORD - Amid much secrecy, Northeast Utilities said Wednesday evening it will announce the  route for its controversial Northern Pass transmission line project on Thursday.

The proposed route for the 180-mile transmission line, which will bring cheap hydroelectric power into New England from Quebec, will be announced at a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. It will be held in Hooksett, N.H., which is located between Manchester and Concord.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is opposed to the Northern Pass project. Plans call for the line project to end in southern New Hampshire, where electricity from the line would then be distributed into Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

There is concern about what construction of the line might do northern New Hampshire’s woodlands. And Connecticut environmentalists are angry because they believe plans for the project helped shape changes made to the state’s renewable energy portfolio that allow for the inclusion of large scale hydropower.

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