New Objections To Northern Pass

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The debate over the Northern Pass power project is heating up

There’s another wrinkle in the Northern Pass controversy, with a number of smaller New England utilities–and potential Northern Pass competitors–coming out in opposition to the project.  Annmarie Timmins reports today in the Concord Monitor that the New England Power Generators Association objects to Northern Pass on a number of grounds:

“Changes to the state’s eminent domain law and renewable energy requirements topped the list of concerns aired by the New England Power Generators Association.

High on the list too was a loss of jobs if Northern Pass puts smaller energy providers out of business. The group represents 16 generators of power, including gas, oil, nuclear and hydro, in New England. In a five-page paper released yesterday, the association urged state and civic leaders as well as lawmakers to consider those concerns before supporting Northern Pass.

“We feel like in order for this project to go forward, (Northern Pass officials) are seeking special treatment that our members . . . wouldn’t be able to get,” said Sandi Hennequin, vice president of the association. Such advantages, she said, would give…Northern Pass such a financial advantage, its competitors couldn’t compete and other, smaller sources of energy wouldn’t be developed.

Martin Murray, spokesman for Northern Pass, could not be reached for comment.”

By publicly coming out against the Northern Pass project, Timmins reports, the New England Power Generators Association joins the ranks of other dissenters, primarily environmental groups.


  • broomrider

    The article gives an incorrect impression that only environmental groups were protesting Northern Pass. We are a diverse group of people who don’t want to see private property taken for personal gain. Forrest areas damaged (environmentalists) and North Country business owners who see loss of tourist dollars in the loss of scenic views in a number of areas. Personally I don’t think its a good idea for the people of the state as a whole to have this much power line with no appreciable lowering of our very high rates.

  • Sheryl_n_NH

    I think one of the biggest underlying issues to me is the fact they are pursuing, giving a “private” Canadian Power Company the right of intimate domain to take and use lands for personal gain. To be allowed to cut thru the state of New Hampshire, sending most of the energy resources to other places for profit. Even when they changed their stance, that a small percentage of the energy could be used here, I see that as an insulting attempt as a bribe… the fact remains that not even an American (privately owned) company has the right of intimate domain for personal gain.

  • One

    They don’t care …. It will line their already full and greedy pockets while raping our land and taking down many many tress in a National Forest…!!! Trees clean our air so we can breath, apparently these whore hogs who actually have children don’t seem to care how this will affect their own flesh and blood…!!!


  • One

    I watched a commercial this morning, this huge woman with her child faded in the background saying: “This will bring 1200 jobs to New Hampshire.” APPARENTLY SHE HAD NOTHING OF A FORE THOUGHT FOR ANY CHILDREN… WHY ????????????????????????????????? I live in New Hampshire and I say “Leave our trees alone..!!!!!”

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