Northern Pass shadow hangs over discussion of rules for buried transmission lines
A sub-committee of the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee is reviewing three bills that would have utilities bury transmission lines.
"It seems to me this would be taking a major step before the energy plan is out," said Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts, D-Portsmouth.
The three bills the committee is studying all require some transmission lines to be buried.
He noted Public Service of New Hampshire built a $480 million scrubber to remove emissions from the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow and that cost will be passed on to consumers.
Will Abbott of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests said current state law is inadequate in addressing issues like those associated with the Northern Pass transmission project.
The committee has to make a report by Dec. 1 to suggest legislation for next year, or to kill the bills.
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