- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A House bill that would put limits on energy projects like Northern Pass is bypassing a House panel and heading directly to the Senate.

A House spokesman confirmed in an email Thursday that Ways and Means Chairwoman Susan Almy decided not to take the bill for further review by her committee.

The House voted 171-139 Wednesday to direct the state’s site evaluation committee to give preference in issuing permits to privately funded energy projects like Northern Pass if they bury their transmission lines. An announcement was made the bill would go to Almy’s committee.

Instead, the Senate will consider the bill next.

Northern Pass is a $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power, enough to serve 1.2 million homes, from Hydro-Quebec into New England.

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