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Northern Pass to hold open house in Concord

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- After meeting with residents and landowners in New Hampshire's North Country, representatives from the Northern Pass are discussing their plans with residents in the central part of the state.

Organizers are hosting an open house 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Concord, geared toward residents in the capital city and in Canterbury.

The $1.4 billion project would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power, enough to serve 1.2 million homes, from Hydro-Quebec into New England.

Organizers announced a new route in June, saying it takes into account concerns raised over an earlier plan.

The project has stirred intense criticism in the North Country; opponents argue transmission towers would damage the environment, lower property values and hurt tourism.

Supporters say the power would reduce carbon emissions.