Residents and landowners in Stark and Dummer have been invited to join Northern Pass project representatives tonight at the Stark Fire Station for another Northern Pass open house. Folks can stop by between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. and learn about the proposed transmission line, look at maps and visual simulations of the proposed route and ask questions one-on-one with Northern Pass engineers and project experts.
Much like our first open house last week in Millsfield, Tuesday’s event will be an informal community meeting where Stark residents can move from one area of the Open House to another, speaking with representatives about the issues that matter most to them.
Northern Pass will bring 1,200 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower from Quebec into New Hampshire, enough to power 1 million homes. During construction, the project will create 1,200 jobs, with a preference given to hiring local New Hampshire workers. It is also expected to save New Hampshire electric customers about $20-$35 million each year and bring in an estimated $28 million annually in new taxes for state, county and local government.
On a local level, Northern Pass’ planned investment and resulting increase in the local tax base could generate as much as $230,000 each year of added tax revenues for Stark, and as much as $507,000 each year of added tax revenues for Dummer, based on current tax rates. In addition, Northern Pass’ investment would provide much needed revenue to Coos County, estimated at $1.5 million annually, and to the state, estimated at $7.8 million annually, to help support important services such as funding for education.
The new proposed route uses a combination of new and existing PSNH right-of-way in Dummer, and existing PSNH right-of-way in Stark. The height of structures along this portion of the route is dependent on a number of factors, including topography and the width of the right-of-way. The proposal calls for the replacement and relocation of the existing line, so that both it and Northern Pass can be placed with no widening of the right-of-way necessary.
In some areas, if land is available and a property owner is willing, a right-of-way could be slightly widened, which may allow for lower structures. While this is not necessary for the construction of Northern Pass, it is an option for future discussion and consideration.
When The Northern Pass was originally proposed, there was concern about the height of the structures. Since then, we’ve worked to reduce structure heights along the route. We recognize that some concerns remain, and look forward to working with residents and communities to better understand local perspectives on structure heights, and answer questions.
To show residents what the planned structures will look like in comparison with the rest of the landscape, Northern Pass hired LandWorks, a Vermont-based landscape architecture and planning firm, to create visual simulations using sophisticated and industry-accepted software and software methodologies. These visual simulations and maps of the route will be available at the open house. They are also available on the northernpass.us website under “In My Town.”
To learn more, residents and landowners in Stark and Dummer are encouraged to attend the open house and talk to our Northern Pass representatives.
NOTE: The next open house will be for residents and landowners in Stewartstown and Clarksville, and will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Outback Pub at the Spa Restaurant at 869 Washington St., in West Stewartstown.