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Buried lines bill bypasses panel, heads to Senate  

Credit:  Thursday, January 23, 2014 | (Published in print: Friday, January 24, 2014) | www.concordmonitor.com ~~

A House bill that would put limits on energy projects such as Northern Pass is bypassing a House panel and heading directly to the Senate.

A House spokesman confirmed in an email yesterday that Ways and Means Chairwoman Susan Almy decided not to take the bill for further review by her committee.

The House voted, 171-139, Wednesday to direct the state’s site evaluation committee to give preference in issuing permits to privately funded energy projects like Northern Pass if they bury their transmission lines. An announcement was made the bill would go to Almy’s committee.

Instead, the Senate will consider the bill next.

Northern Pass is a $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power, enough to serve 1.2 million homes, from Hydro-Quebec into New England.

Source:  Thursday, January 23, 2014 | (Published in print: Friday, January 24, 2014) | www.concordmonitor.com

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