Final Northern Pass Hearings Set For This Week

Dec 18, 2017

Northern Pass has become a sharply divisive issue in New Hampshire over its years of planning and development.
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

Eight months of hearings on the Northern Pass transmission line are set to wrap up this week.

It's the last step before state regulators start deliberating on the controversial project, which is years in the making.

Since April, the Site Evaluation Committee has held more than 60 adjudicative hearings to gather evidence and question stakeholders and experts about all things Northern Pass.

They've learned about its proposed route, from Quebec under the White Mountains to its end point in Deerfield, N.H. And they've talked to Eversource, local officials and neighbors about the potential economic and environmental impacts of the $1.6 billion-dollar project.

Those hearings came after years of revisions, planning efforts, protests and public meetings all around the state, putting Northern Pass where it is today.

Now, only four SEC hearings remain – this Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the SEC offices in Concord.

After that, the committee starts deliberating on the project Jan. 30. The SEC is set to approve or deny Northern Pass by Feb. 23.

The losing side of the divisive case is likely to appeal.