Massachusetts-based New England Electric System (NEES) plans to sidetrack possible opposition by offering first rights to firm service on a proposed 25-mile electric transmission line to any potential users who will support the line during its permitting phase.
The new line, a 600-megawatt, high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) submarine transmission cable from Connecticut to Long Island, would begin and end on utility property, requiring no new land takings and presumably raising few environmental issues.
"Initial reactions to the project have been very favorable," said Dan Lorden, NEES Project Manager. NEES plans a solicitation of interest in March, 1997 to support permitting costs. Regulatory approvals would be completed by the end of 1998, with a planned in-service date of June, 2000.
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