Hydro-Quebec's Northern Pass electricity project rejected by New Hampshire

Regulators in the state of New Hampshire have rejected a major electricity project being piloted by Quebec's hydro utility and its American partner, Eversource.

Members of New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee unanimously denied an application for the Northern Pass project today.

The project had been approved by the state of Massachusetts at the end of January but needed the green light from New Hampshire as well.

Northern Pass proposed to bring up to 9.45 terawatt hours of electricity per year from Quebec's hydroelectric plants to Massachusetts, and was to be the biggest export contract in Hydro-Quebec's history.

The project was estimated to generate up to $500 million in annual revenues for Hydro-Quebec.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the seven members of the evaluation committee said the project's promoters couldn't demonstrate the proposed energy transport lines wouldn't interfere with the region's orderly development.