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NH House mulls moratorium on new energy projects.

NH House mulls moratorium on new energy projects.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House is considering a temporary ban on new wind turbine and electric transmission line projects like the 187-mile power line proposed by Northern Pass.

The bill would put a halt to the projects until the state issues a comprehensive energy plan. Moratorium supporters argue the state should wait until two studies affecting energy projects are completed. One would review the process followed in siting the projects while the other would create an energy plan.

The vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Moratorium opponents cite the same studies as the proper venues to make decisions about the state’s energy future. They also argue a moratorium would hurt efforts to attract new businesses and attain the state’s goal of achieving a 25 percent reliance on energy from renewable sources.

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