View Full Version : AT in NH, a press release on the Visual Impact of the proposed Northern Pass

Tom Murphy
10-02-2012, 10:29
The Northern Pass, is a venture of Northeast Utilities and is seeking permit approval to construct an above-ground, 140-mile or longer 350 kV high-voltage DC power transmission line through New Hampshire to transmit up to 1,200 megawatts of power generated by Canada's Hydro-Quebec to a power converter station in Franklin, N.H. The DC power is then to be converted to AC and would need an additional 40-mile transmission line to connect to a network power distribution grid in Deerfield, N.H., for further distribution.

It would cross the AT near the Kinsman Ridge along an existing right of way. The right of way would be widened and the height of the towers would be increased.


Project Background links

pro: http://northernpass.us/

con: http://www.forestsociety.org/issues/northern-pass/

I think the study that this pressrelease annouces is a good example of how the much maligned AMC uses its resources [$$$] to protect the AT.

10-02-2012, 11:09
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is currently running a campaign to buy several parcels in the north country of NH to block the project


The landowners in this predominantly poor rural area are under a lot of pressure to sell right of ways or outright sales of land to the utility that has proposed the project. The utility is offering substantially well over the market value. SPNHF is offering an alternative where the onwers can keep the land but sell the rights to any future right of ways. THey have a limited time to come up with 2.5 million dollars.

10-02-2012, 11:19
This is definately a contensous issue up here in the North Country. I have mixed feelings on the issue. On one hand, many power lines cross the AT and often provide a view where otherwise there would not be. OTHO, they are a bit unsightly. Already we have to live with giant windmills in the view shed.

The other issue is we don't need the power here in NH, so many feel having it cut through our woods isn't right. But then, having clean hydro power from Quebec for southern NE instead of dirty coal fired power from the midwest might not be a bad thing either.

But I think eventually they will settle on burial of the cable.

10-02-2012, 11:30