CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House is starting the New Year with votes on legislation that would put limits on energy projects like wind turbines and Northern Pass.
The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee is recommending passing one bill that would 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.
State Rep. Laurence Rappaport says the bill is designed to lessen the likelihood that New Hampshire residents will suffer the visual impact of transmission lines carrying power to southern New England. He said that while New Hampshire planned for its future energy needs, other states have not. He said New Hampshire residents should not suffer for their lack of planning.
State Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts criticized the bill as interfering with the site evaluation committee's decision-making. She said the bill also could stifle development of new renewable energy sources, though Rappaport said the bill would not affect small renewable energy projects that the state may need to achieve its goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.