Power line study buoys Northern Pass foes
The debate stems from a request by National Grid, which owns an existing line capable of transmitting up to 2,000 megawatts from Quebec, through Northern Vermont, entering New Hampshire at Littleton, and continuing into Massachusetts, passing through Bedford on the way.
The power lines in question can handle 2,000 megawatts, and sometimes press close to that amount with ISO-NE approval as circumstances merit.
Any plan to boost the firm capacity of the line beyond 1,400 would have implications beyond New England and into New York and Pennsylvania, which have power-sharing agreements with the six-state region. The impact on back-up plans and reliability strategies will have to be examined, but if the firm capacity of the line is increased, Northern Pass opponents are sure to grab onto that as an example of better options.
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