CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The president of New Hampshire's largest utility is stepping down, but is staying on with its parent company to focus on developing the Northern Pass power project.
Gary Long has been president of Public Service of New Hampshire for 13 years. He's stepping down Aug. 1 and will continue as an executive of Northeast Utilities, which operates New England's largest energy delivery company. The 62-year-old Long will assist PSNH and Northeast to advance the Northern Pass, a 180-mile power line that would carry electricity from Quebec.
Long, who has been with PSNH for 37 years, said he believes the Northern Pass project "will provide unique and critical value to PSNH customers, the state of New Hampshire, and the New England region for future decades." He said he also looks forward to providing guidance and leadership on important energy policy issues.
The privately financed Northern Pass project announced a new route last month to bring high-voltage, Canadian hydroelectric power into New England. Project officials say it takes into account concerns raised over an earlier plan, which critics feared would damage the environment, lower property values and make the state less attractive to tourists.
The $1.4 billion project entails building a line that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England -- enough to serve 1.2 million homes.
Northeast Utilities has named Paul Ramsey, vice president of energy delivery, as PSNH interim president while it finalizes a selection of a successor. Ramsey joined PSNH in 1975 and currently oversees the planning, engineering and construction and maintenance of the company's electrical distribution system.