In October 2010, the Northern Pass Project, comprised of Massachusetts-based utility NStar and Northeast Utilities, formally announced a partnership with Canadian energy giant Hydro-Quebec to bring hydroelectric power from Canada through New Hampshire. Promising new construction jobs, cheaper and greener energy sources, and additional tax revenues, the plan at first enjoyed broad support. Now, grassroots groups and city councils, especially in the North Country, are reconsidering, saying that power lines will cut right through the heart of the land that attracts tourists to New Hampshire.
In an ongoing series, NHPR has been covering the debate over the Northern Pass project, including valuable insight from listeners and extensive coverage from North Country reporter Chris Jensen. For continuing coverage, visit:
Additional Northern Pass Information and Opinion:
-Northern Pass Environmental Impact Statement (U.S. Dept. of Energy)