An open letter to Governor Hassan and the Legislature on Northern Pass:
I hope you read the recent article titled “Burying electrical transmission lines not so simple” (Monitor, May 18).
As a concerned resident of our great state who lived in a time when major corporations provided good-paying jobs for average Joes like me, I fear the high cost of energy will continue to be a major factor in their disappearance and prohibitive to our state’s economic growth.
Federal emissions regulations are causing coal plants to close. Energy suppliers are depending more on natural gas, and limited transmission means higher consumer costs.
Northern Pass, as proposed, would provide renewable hydropower to the grid. Some Northern Pass critics believe it would harm scenic New Hampshire, and while I find those arguments passionate, they are rather vague.
Yes, I think the route in nearly every mile of transmission should follow current power lines or roadways and underground where economically feasible.
But that aside, the project must go forward.
Hydropower is clean, renewable and reliable energy that would increase supply on the grid, lowering prices and providing reliability that manufacturing companies need.
Northern Pass represents an opportunity for good jobs, tens of millions in new tax revenue and economic growth. We can be one of the top manufacturing states again if we start here. I am asking all of those who have the responsibility to review this project to move it forward quickly.