The governors of the six New England states announced on Thursday their commitment to work together on the energy challenges that face the region. This historic agreement sets the groundwork for future energy development that will lower energy costs, ensure power grid reliability and expand the use of clean, renewable energy. In their joint statement, the governors say:
“We believe that by working together we can expand economic development, promote job growth, improve the competitiveness of our industries, enhance system reliability, and protect and increase the quality of life of our citizens. Expanding our existing efforts will ensure that we are on a course toward a transformed energy, environment, and economic future for our region that offers a model for the nation.”
We agree. This is a positive development for our region and further shows why powering New Hampshire into the future is not only a state issue, but also a regional one. Today, we released the following statement:
We are pleased to see the New England Governors working cooperatively on the significant energy challenges facing our region. There is a clear need to develop new sources of clean and reliable energy that will both lower energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. ISO-New England consistently warns that our region is over-reliant on natural gas and is about to experience the major loss of power generation through the retirement and closure of plants. We have a unique and exciting opportunity to transform our energy future.
We believe Northern Pass is an ideal fit with the goals outlined in this agreement. We understand that regional leaders must consider a multitude of options to address our energy challenges; no other project in all of New England comes closer to being able to deliver – any sooner or more economically – than Northern Pass.
We look forward to working with Governor Hassan and all of our partners in the region in the months ahead.