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Northern Pass developer ‘shocked and outraged’ by rejection

Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire, presented revised plans for the Northern Pass hydroelectric project in August 2015.Paul Hayes/The Caledonian-Record

CONCORD, N.H. — A utility says it is ‘‘shocked and outraged’’ by state regulators’ rejection of a hydropower project that would have constructed nearly 200 miles of transmission lines across New Hampshire.

Eversource said Thursday the process failed to comply with New Hampshire law and didn’t reflect the substantial evidence on the record for the Northern Pass project.

The state Site Evaluation Committee voted 7-0 against the project over concerns about its impact on local business, tourism and development in the region, especially in the northern part of the state. The decision can be appealed.

Eversource called the committee’s process ‘‘broken’’ and said the decision ‘‘sends a chilling message to any energy project contemplating development in the Granite State.’’


Eversource said it will be seeking reconsideration of the decision.