To The Daily Sun,
In the world of freeloaders, a large company stands out, using land that is not theirs, yet placing burdens of the property owners of this land. A recent letter to my e-mail box shows arrogance and total impersonal response to the concerns presented. Present is a Northern Pass of the past. In either 1924 or 1912-13, Public Service purchased eminent domain from multiple land owners to promote advancement of electricity.
To this day, no landowner has received monetary benefit they are entitled to. Eversource, PSNH, and Northeast Utilities use our lands for the benefits of their customers AND their stockholders. This is NOT a government agency, but a profit-sharing big business. Many times equipment arrives to private property unannounced, ripping up land that landowners cherish.
PSNH, Eversource, or Northeast Utilities need to become more human oriented. This abuse of property right's of owners cannot continue as presented in a e-mail received by this writer: "Specifically, you bought the property with those rights already in place — and having paid for them years ago, we would not pay again for the rights we already have." Most likely none of the current landowners may not have been around in 1924. None of us ever got or get paid for those rights! Today is 2015, some 91 years later. Times have changed.
Research shows this Eversource has the highest electric rates in the country. They use land for free. Maybe they pay taxes to the towns, but is not obvious to landowners. It is unjust that landowners continue to contribute freely to a stockholder company. Our share must be received as well, either in the form of lease or purchase, reduction or elimination of electric bills to our homes. Many states researched show landowners are compensated by power companies (NY, PA, etc) and STILL have lower rates, much lower. A home in Pennsylvania with four bedrooms, library, living room and open concept dining/kitchen, with basement or roughly nearly 5,000-square-feet pays less by almost 40 percent than here in N.H.
When one is threatened by unannounced maintenance right-of way-crews, one has to stand up. We stood up to Northern Pass, who has as much at stake as Eversource; we need to stand up to Eversource. This is a stock-holding company, who has no more rights to private land than a supermarket, drug store, or other businesses; that are just as essential to our lives as electric power.
One may ask, our electric rates will go up more? Not so. If other electric power sources can pay landowners and offer lower rates, so can Eversource. Eversource also claims they are still PSNH. But our checks go to Eversource. This does not make sense. If there is a change of name, then the rights-of-way need to be re-negotiated. In the clause of several of the old deeds signed over, was that this was to be in effect for 99 years. Those 99 years are up, most likely for many. To change a name to Eversource is akin to money laundering — except now it is name laundering.
It is time for a change. It is time to get our land back or be reimbursed for its use, or the land offered for sale to this electric conglomerate, that we mutually can benefit. It is time for a change. It is time for landowners to be treated as stockholder, or receive the benefits due them for the use of their land.
Robert T Joseph Jr.