Northern Pass Says It Is Getting Closer To Final Route

Jul 31, 2012

Officials for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project say they plan to have their new route through Northern New Hampshire finished this fall.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Northern Pass is making progress buying land for its new route through northern Coos and still hopes to file that plan with the U.S. Department of Energy by the end of the year, says Leon Olivier, an official with Northeast Utilities, which is behind the Northern Pass project.

But it is not a done deal, Olivier said in a conference call Tuesday with analysts.

“We are down to a relatively few properties but each one is owned by a unique person who has a unique interest around the property, unique needs.”

Opponents of the controversial project have been applauding holdouts but the number seems to be dwindling.

The filing of the new route will trigger a new series of public hearings before the Department of Energy which must still approve the project.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen