House to vote on bill encouraging projects such as Northern Pass to bury power lines
The bill, as amended, is expected to come before the full House in early January.
"The language the committee approved is a good first step toward giving the SEC the flexibility and authority it needs to make decisions based on what's best for New Hampshire," said Jack Savage, a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which has advocated burying the Northern Pass transmission lines."It's not just about Northern Pass," Savage said. "We are likely facing more proposals for transmission lines between Quebec and southern New England. As those come forward, we need a process in place that enables the SEC to ensure that New Hampshire's interests are paramount."
Skelton said the legislation, if approved, will discourage developers from pursuing energy transmission projects in New Hampshire.
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