Final Hearings Set To Begin On Eversource's Seacoast Power Line

Aug 27, 2018

Final hearings are scheduled to start this week on Eversource's proposed Seacoast transmission line – but delays at the state Site Evaluation Committee are still possible.

The Seacoast Reliability Project power line would span 13 miles between Madbury and Portsmouth, with one mile buried beneath Little Bay between Durham and Newington. 

Since Eversource first applied to build the line in 2016, dozens of stakeholders have debated the details – especially around potential impacts to the fragile bay ecosystem.

Now, site evaluators are poised to start taking formal testimony.

Hearings are set to start Wednesday – but that could be delayed by a request from state environmental regulators for more time to weigh in on conditions for the project's approval.

Either way, the SEC aims to enter final deliberations on whether to certify the project in November.