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Northern Pass picks unspecified new NH route

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The utility partners leading a $1.1 billion plan to bring hydropower from Canada into the New England power grid say they've come up with a new route through New Hampshire's north country.

Northern Pass, led by Hydro-Quebec, Northeast Utilities and Public Service Company of New Hampshire, dropped its original route last year after facing strong opposition from critics who argued that above-ground transmission lines will spoil the area's natural beauty, harm the tourist economy and lower property values.

On Monday, the group said it will submit a new route to state regulators. Without releasing any details, the group said it has spent the last year identifying routes on land it already owns or has acquired easements on while reducing the potential impact on scenic views as much as possible.

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