CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House has defeated a temporary ban on new wind turbine and electric transmission line projects like the 187-mile power line proposed by Northern Pass.
The bill would have put a halt to the projects until the state issues a comprehensive energy plan. Moratorium supporters argued the state should wait until two studies affecting energy projects are completed. One is reviewing the process followed in siting the projects while the other is expected to create a comprehensive energy plan.
The House voted 194-148 on Wednesday to defeat the measure.
Moratorium opponents cited the same studies as the proper venues to make decisions about the state's energy future. They also argued a moratorium would hurt efforts to attract new businesses and attain the state's goal of achieving a 25 percent reliance on energy from renewable sources.
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