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Letter: Embrace hydroelectric power

Though a senior at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., I was born and raised in Goffstown and care deeply about New Hampshire.

Our state needs to recognize the benefits of hydroelectric power and support projects that bring clean energy to New Hampshire.

Let Montana serve as an example of the benefits of hydroelectric power. Dams along the Missouri, Madison and other rivers bring enormous amounts of clean energy to the state. This hydroelectric power is essential for Montanans to keep their energy costs down. The Hauser Dam alone provides more than 14,000 homes in Helena with power.

Without this clean energy, Helena residents would face the same unreasonable energy rates as New Hampshire. I understand the concern that the Northern Pass project would scar the state’s North Country, burdening the tourism industry. Having climbed all of the state’s 4,000-footers, I hold the White Mountains close to my heart.

However, I do not fear the Northern Pass Project would disrupt New Hampshire’s natural beauty or hinder tourism. Montana, likewise, depends heavily on tourism. Harnessing hydroelectric power and bringing it to residents of the state has only strengthened Montana’s economy.

Furthermore, the Quebec-to-Massachusetts DC line, built in 1986, passes through Goffstown. This project did not stop my parents or others in nearby towns from starting families.

New Hampshire needs the energy, and hydroelectric power is a proven solution to a growing problem.

JAY BOUCHARD

Goffstown

Legacy Comments4

Jay...yes, hydropower is somewhat clean and somewhat environmentally attractive. New Hampshire had many dams, built in the early 20th century. But as climate, specifically drought, is unpredictable, hydropower was replaced later in the 20th century with coal and nuclear power plants; dozens of hydropower dams were removed. Now, along comes Hydro Quebec, willing to sacrifice northern Quebec to sell electricity to the United States. I, personally, don't think that relying on electricity from another country is in our best interest. Especially when it would require hundreds of metal towers, built by PSNH, scaring our landscape. IF, PSNH wants electricity from Quebec so badly, bury the power lines. It may cost an awful lot more, but require less maintenance and NOT be a visual nightmare.

Among the assertions made in this letter is that Northern Pass is "clean" and that it would lower electricity costs in NH. Neither is true. Further, the Phase 2 line in western NH did not harm tourism because it is not in the prime White Mtn recreational area. Not sure what is meant by the statement about starting families. At best it is irrelevant. The writer would do well to become better educated about the facts surrounding Northern Pass. Ignoring the entire issue of burial suggests the writer is out of the loop concerning the real debate here in NH.

Can the readers list any towns that have their own power company? - Here is one - Wolfboro. Sunapee has a Power plant to. Do the readers know that the state has a special dam tax - Yup they tax dams.

The State also inspects these dams to assure their safety. Your tax dollars at work. Don't want those dams inspected-tell those who live downstream you don't care if the dam fails and floods them.

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