Letter: Northern Pass project is good for New Hampshire

Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014
The federal government announced tougher power plant emissions regulations to address climate change.

This is good for New Hampshire and our planet. It’s also a compelling case for approving the Northern Pass project, as currently proposed.

Hydroelectricity produces significantly lower emissions than burning fossil fuels like coal, oil or even natural gas. It is also a renewable resource. New England’s impending energy crisis is real, as old coal and nuclear power plants retire and natural gas plants shut down in the winter when the price for gas is high.

ISO NE predicts we’ll lose about 8,000 megawatts of energy from the New England grid over the next six years. By delivering 1,200 megawatts to our grid, Northern Pass is just one way we can begin to solve this projected energy shortage.

In addition, the project will provide good jobs for New Hampshire workers and significant tax revenue for communities throughout the state each year. Northern Pass will reduce the state’s energy costs by $20 million to $30 million annually.

I’m a lifelong New Hampshire resident and felt the impact of higher energy bills this winter, and I fear it may only get worse. And unlike some proposals that would have ratepayers foot the bill for new gas pipelines and power lines, Northern Pass’s construction will be paid for entirely by the private developers. It is my hope that other New Hampshire residents and energy regulators will support Northern Pass because it is a real option to provide the affordable, environmentally friendly energy that New England desperately needs.