To The Daily Sun,
After years of discussion it remains unclear how much of Hydro Quebec's energy will be provided exclusively to New Hampshire. Likely, little to none at all. More likely the major beneficiaries will be Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ironically Connecticut apparently no longer permits above-ground transmission projects.
New Hampshire stands to benefit the least yet bear the most: 132 miles of DC electrical lines draped over our heads (snapping, crackling and popping) supported by hundreds of electrical towers 85 to 155 feet tall (mature New Hampshire trees are 50 to 80 feet tall). Worse, this infrastructure will likely be in place for decades, an ugly scar imposed on us by a non-critical, greed-driven, private-industry project.
From pristine wilderness to private residences, from quiet country back roads to busy highways none will be exempt. Ugly, noisy, prone-to-failure, easy-to-target-towers from the Canada border to Bethlehem, from Bristol to Deerfield; 132 miles of industrialized ugliness. How could this have progressed so far and been a thorn in our side for so long? How much time and money has been wasted by both opponents and proponents? My guess: millions and millions.
Successful companies, those likely to be profitable and successful over the long run, have robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies recognizing the need for the company to behave like a good citizen might behave. Others get it. For, example Google's corporate motto is: Don't be evil!
Eversource has the potential to affect thousands of private citizens financially and aesthetically, yet they operate solely with their financial interests in mind in ways many would describe haphazard or worse as an uncontrolled bully! Don't be evil!
This project will affect New Hampshire for decades, yet it seems as if there's nothing ordinary citizens or concerned towns can do. Nothing is in place to constrain a corporate board bent on growing the top line to the detriment of anyone who gets in their way. The world is too small for this myopic thinking.
One glimmer of hope is HB-626 that sees New Hampshire creating formal energy corridors where all projects of this nature must reside. Hopefully a reasonable charge will be levied on companies (Hydro Quebec for example) for its use by the state of New Hampshire so we can all profit from our asset(s).
One hundred percent burial: a win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win.
Win (More power for the grid), win (abutters property resale value), win (view lot property owners), win (real-estate companies), win (Hydro Quebec), Win (Eversource), Win (effected town's tax base remains unaffected), win (second home industry and supporting jobs), win (tourist industry remains), win (Franklin gets their transfer facility).
Bottom line: everyone wins when New Hampshire formalizes the concept of state-owned power corridors. Current House Bill 626 does this. Contact your state representatives and ask that they support it.
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