MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Two large New England utilities want to build a new transmission line to carry electricity from Hydro-Quebec power dams in Canada to southern New England.

If approved, the line would be the first to carry Hydro-Quebec power into the region without going through Vermont.

Sandra Ahearn of Northeast Utilities, which operates power systems in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, says the line would help stabilize long-term power costs.

Northeast Utilities and the Massachusetts utility NSTAR recently requested federal permission to build the $500 million line.

Vermont officials say that even if it doesn’t go through the state, Vermont could benefit from access to more Hydro-Quebec power.

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