- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A state panel says a utility’s application to string power lines from Canada to southern New Hampshire is officially complete, signaling the start of the project’s review process.

The Site Evaluation Committee’s order Friday formally accepts Eversource’s application to build the Northern Pass transmission project.

In a statement, the company noted the committee will preside over public information sessions and hearings in the five counties where the project would be located.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Eversource wants to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying 1,090 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to Southern New England markets. Backers say it will create jobs and lower costs in a region that routinely pays the nation’s highest average cost for electricity.

Opponents have argued it will hurt property values, tourism and the environment.

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