$1.6B Canada New England hydropower project wins key permit
The latest sign of progress for a 192-mile cross-border project debated for years.
CONCORD, NH — The US Department of Energy has granted a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to energy markets in southern New England.
The awarding of a presidential permit would let the $1.6 billion Northern Pass project take hydropower across an international border and connect to the US grid if the project is approved. It’s the latest sign of progress for a 192-mile project debated for years.
The project pits supporters who argue it’ll create jobs and cut energy costs against critics who fear it’ll destroy scenic views, reduce property values and hurt tourism.
Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu favours the project, which would pass through his state and could provide it with power.
State regulators are expected to announce their final written decision on the project by March 31.