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Northern Pass will provide reliable electricity for future generations

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To The Daily Sun,
We have been bestowed with one of the greatest gifts being presented to New Hampshire in the history of this great state, the Northern Pass project. I am not employed by this project or even any of its contractors, but am a private N.H. citizen, in Alton Bay, who is so impressed by it that I was inspired to send this to you.

Northern Pass will provide us with clean generated hydroelectric service for us and for infinite future generations. Consider the following facts concerning the project, which we should all support based on common sense alone. The demand for electrical service is only going to increase over the next few years. We have the obligation to ensure this service is available for future generations. According to ISO New England (June 1, 2006, http://www.iso-ne.com/pubs/whtpprs/elec_costs_wht_ppr.pdf): "Power consumption on the hottest summer days has been growing at about 2 percent each year, which is higher than the growth in average consumption. This consumption trend drives the requirement to build additional resources (e.g. peaking units), increasing the capacity costs of the region. It also is creating an underutilized power system where resources are built to satisfy demand for only a few days of the year. Adding 1,000 megawatts (MW) of supply produced by low-cost plants will save New England consumers $600 million a year.".

The geographical/environmental impact of this project will only affect a small fraction of the tens of thousands of N.H. forestry/woodlands acres. Anyone who thinks this is going to even slightly affect the N.H. tourism industry is being severely overdramatic, as can be evidenced by the ramblings of columnist John Harrigan. Hydroelectric power, by its very nature, as provided by the Northern Pass project, is one of most environmentally friendly forms of energy that we could ever ask for our state. Dependance on fossil fuels is not only costly, but harmful to our precious environment; nuclear power carries with it the constant threat of a major disaster, not to mention the fact that there is still nuclear infused waste from these facilities that has to be dealt with. Also, nobody wants a nuclear facility in their neighborhood, let alone a related waste dumping facility. The suggestion of using the decommissioned nuclear aircraft carrier is also totally absurd. If it had an impending nuclear disaster, there would be relatively little time to tow it out to sea and hope for the best, let alone a contaminated fisheries harvest from New England.

As an additional bonus, Northern Pass is not only a cost-free project for the state, but is actually projected to provide a considerable financial income resource for N.H., a good incentive to reduce taxation resources in addition to providing a competitive entity amongst the various electrical service providers.
Anyone who truly cares about the pride of being a New Hampshire will fully support Northern Pass, if only to provide reliable electric for our future generations; so let's stop being so selfish about the relatively little negative sight impact of the project and start using common sense before some gloom and doom bandwagon rolls by, which we think we all have to dive on to.

Abe Goldberg

Alton Bay