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Northern Pass reviewing environmental report, considering alternatives


CONCORD, New Hampshire — Organizers of the Northern Pass transmission project in New Hampshire say they are analyzing a long-awaited environmental report from the Department of Energy on the project, and have been considering proposed route alternatives as they seek feedback.

The draft report from the U.S. Department of Energy was released Tuesday. It said the current proposal could have a negative effect on tourism, wildlife and property values, but would cost less than others. Public comments will now be accepted on the report before a final study is prepared.

Northern Pass is Eversource Energy's proposal to construct a 187-mile electrical transmission line across New Hampshire to carry 1,200 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 1.2 million homes — to power-hungry southern New England markets.

Project organizers said Tuesday they're optimistic the report shares some of the same conclusions they've reached regarding the feasibility of certain route alternatives.

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