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Northern Pass to DOE: Reveal alternative routes

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The sponsor of a project to run 187 miles of electrical transmission lines from Canada through New Hampshire says the federal government should identify all the alternative routes currently under review.

Northern Pass Transmission sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Energy saying the company agrees with the state's congressional delegation's request that the routes be made public. The company believes it has proposed the best route available.

The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed Northern Pass, a $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England.

Opponents worry the project will damage the environment while supporters point to job creation and to cleaner, renewable hydropower that can help stabilize the New England energy market.

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