08/31/2015 13:25 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 01:12 EDT

Hydro-Quebec teams with New England firm on proposed power line to New Hampshire

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Hydro-Quebec is teaming up with New England energy company Eversource on a proposed new transmission line that would bring hydroelectricity into New Hampshire.

Hydro-Quebec President Eric Martel says the $1.4 billion Northern Pass Transmission Project would pump 1,000 megawatts into the New England grid.

If approved by regulators, power is expected to flow in spring of 2019.

New England governors are meeting with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and the Atlantic premiers today in St. John's, N.L.

Top of the agenda is the need for more affordable, clean energy in New England where governors say high rates are eroding competitiveness.

It's a market Newfoundland and Labrador also hopes to tap with power from new projects, such as the Muskrat Falls hydro plant now under construction.

The Canadian Press