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Northern Pass line in NH clears regulatory hurdle

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The group that manages the power grid in New England says it's confident the proposed Northern Pass transmission line through New Hampshire can reliably connect to the existing system.

ISO-New England says in a letter dated Tuesday it has approved the interconnection application made by Northeast Utilities. It's just one of many regulatory steps the company must clear on the way to final approval.

The approval came after the New England Power Pool Reliability Committee on Dec. 19 declined to support the application. The committee, which offers non-binding recommendations to ISO-New England, was worried about the effect the proposed line would have on existing power generators.

The controversial $1.4 billion project 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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